Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Played one season at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Ariz., for coach Jim Bagnall ... Co-MVP for the Gila Monsters.
Graduated from Ironwood Ridge High School in Tucson, Ariz., in 2004 ... Earned two varsity letters in baseball for head coach Scott Laux as a pitcher, catcher and outfielder ... Three-time team captain ... Arizona Baseball Coaches Association second-team All-State in 2004 ... First-team all-city his senior season ... Honorable mention all-state his junior year.
Played for the Harrisonburg Turks in the Valley League in the summer of 2005 ... Batted .312 with 22 RBI and 19 runs scored ... Played for the Chicago White Sox Scout League team.
Full name: Matthew Bryan Denker ... Nickname is Denk ... Born: 6/17/86 in Reno, Nev. ... Son of Bryan and Iretta Denker ... Father graduated from Pima and the University of Arizona ... Has two sisters Erin Denker and Trina Brown ... Planning to major in pharmacy