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Travis Denker is a right-handed second baseman who made his debut with the San Francisco Giants on May 21, 2008.

Denker was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 21st round of the 2003 amateur draft, lower than projected due to signability concerns. He was signed by scout Scott Groot for $100,000 and started his professional career that summer.

In 2003, he split time between the South Georgia Waves and GCL Dodgers. Combined, he hit .264 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 46 games. 2004 was quite an improvement for him. He spent the entire season with the Ogden Raptors, with whom he hit .311 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI in 57 games.

In 2005, he split time between the Columbus Catfish and Vero Beach Dodgers. Combined, he hit .281 with 23 home runs and 77 RBI in 132 games. He spent time with both the Catfish and Vero Beach Dodgers again in 2006, hitting only .247 with 16 home runs and 70 RBI in 129 games. He showed a great eye at the plate however, walking 89 times and striking out only 73 times.

In 2007, he spent most of his season in the Dodgers organization, with the Inland Empire 66ers. He also spent a few games with the San Jose Giants of the Giants organization after he was traded to the San Francisco Giants for Mark Sweeney on August 25, as the player to be named later in a deal that originally occurred on August 9. Overall that year, Denker hit .300 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI in 118 games.

Denker started 2008 in AA, with the Connecticut Defenders, hitting only .184 in 25 games but still earning a promotion to the AAA Fresno Grizzlies where he hit .315 with 7 doubles in 17 games. He was called up to the Giants on May 21, replacing Eugenio Velez as a back-up infielder. He made his debut that day, making an out in a pinch-hitting appearance.

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