Laredo Lemurs third baseman Travis Denker had his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. Denker, a clubhouse leader, had spent part of the 2008 season in the big leagues as part of the San Francisco Giants. He was in his third season with the Lemurs having played all of 2014 in a Lemurs jersey and the last 20 games of 2015 with Laredo.
Denker had played in all 21 games for Laredo this season and was leading the team in home runs (7), RBI (17), walks (15), and on-base percentage (.387). He was also fourth on the team in batting average at .263. His seven home runs were tied for second in the league at the time of his signing with the Diamondbacks.
Arizona will be the sixth different affiliated organization that Denker will have played for. He started his career as a 21st round draft pick out of high school with the Dodgers before being traded to the Giants where he made it to the majors. He also briefly played in the minors with the Padres, Red Sox, and Mariners. He will likely be assigned to Double-A Mobile or Triple-A Reno.
Denker last played in affiliated baseball in 2012 as a part of the Dodgers organization at Double-A Chattanooga. Since then he has been playing in independent baseball in the Atlantic League with Lancaster and Sugar Land, in the Mexican League with Reynosa, and in the American Association with Laredo for parts of three seasons.