Mitch Dening

Mitch Dening

Dening with Niigata Albirex (23 September 2013)
Adelaide Bite – No. 17
Born: (1988-08-17) 17 August 1988
Toowoon Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Bats: Left Throws: Right
NPB debut
27 May, 2015, for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows
NPB statistics
(through 2015)
Batting average .222
Home runs 4
RBI 22

Australian Baseball League

Medal record
Men’s Baseball
Representing  Australia
Haarlem Baseball Week
2016 Haarlem National team

Mitchell John Dening (born 17 August 1988 in Toowoon Bay, New South Wales) is an Australian professional baseball outfielder for the Adelaide Bite of the Australian Baseball League (ABL).


Early career in Australia

In Australia, he played for the Auburn Orioles and Belmont Baseball Club in the New South Wales Major League and Newcastle Baseball League respectively. He won MVP whilst at the New South Wales Institute of Sport in 2005.[1]

Dening started his overseas baseball career by touring South Africa with the Australian Schoolboys team in 2005. He then signed with the Red Sox in 2005 after being scouted by Jon Deeble at the MLB Academy on the Gold Coast, Australia. In the 2007 Claxton Shield, he averaged .316 for Australian Provincial in a fine debut.

Boston Red Sox Organisation

In 2007 in his first season in the United States he had some success, hitting a .301/.372/.375 clip as an OF/1B for the GCL Red Sox.

In 2008 he hit .321/.375/.471 with the Lowell Spinners, coached by Australia national baseball team coach Jon Deeble. Dening was fifth in the New York–Penn League in batting average. Returning to Australian in the off season of 2008, Dening hit.409/.458/.545 in the 2008 Claxton Shield. He then made the Australia roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He went 0–1 in the Classic.

In 2009 he playing for Greenville Drive in the South Atlantic League and hit .261/.333/.361/.693 playing mostly in the outfield.

In 2010 he moved to A+ with the Salem Red Sox in the Carolina League showing signs of steady growth as he hit .274/.345/.363/.709. Dening would then return to Australia to play for the Sydney Blue Sox in the winter break.

Dening's last season in the Red Sox organisation would come in AA with the Portland Sea Dogs in the Eastern League where he hit a paltry .220/.303/ .352/.656.

He was released by the Red Sox on March 31, 2012.

Washington Wild Things

In 2012, after a season batting .280 back in his home country, Dening signed for the Washington Wild Things of the independent Frontier League.[2] However it was not to be a successful season with club as he hit only .191

Dening would spend the 2012 seasons playing in the Australian Baseball League with the Sydney Blue Sox hitting .347

Niigata Albirex Baseball Club

On 27 May 2013, it was announced that Dening had signed for Niigata Albirex Baseball Club in the Japanese independent Baseball Challenge League.[3]

During the regular season, Dening played in 44 matches hitting .370 and winning batting champion honours.[4] In November at the end of the year, Dening played with the Canberra Cavalry in the 2013 Asia Series hitting 5 in the final to lead the team to the title.[5]

In the 2014 Baseball Challenge league season, Dening played in 72 matches averaging .312 and hitting 12 home runs where at the season's end he returned to Australia to play for the Adelaide Bite.

In 2015 up to the middle of May, he was averaging .270 with one home run and 14 RBIs.

Tokyo Yakult Swallows

On the 22 May 2016, it was announced that Dening had signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball.[6] He became the first Australian playing in the Baseball Challenge League to sign for an NPB team.

Due to long term injuries to Wladimir Balentien and Lastings Milledge it was hoped that Dening could fill a hole in the line-up based on his independent league form.[7]

Dening made his debut on the same day as his presentation to the media playing as a pinch hitter against the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters at Meiji Jingu Stadium.[8] On 29 May, Dening hit his first NPB homerun in a game against the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.[9] He would then go on to hit his first grand slam on June 7 against the Chiba Lotte Marines.[10] However with the return of Milledge to the team, Dening was dropped from the side where he found himself out of favour. He finished the season having played 64 games registering 4 homeruns and 22 RBIs. While he was listed for possible action in the 2015 Japan Series[11] he did not see any further action during the season.

Dening was released by the Swallows on December 22, 2015.[12]

Ehime Mandarin Pirates

On 11 March 2016, it was announced that Dening would be returning to Japanese independent league baseball with the Ehime Mandarin Pirates of the Shikoku Island League Plus.[13] In the opening season, Dening helped the Pirates to victory pulling the team along with an impressive .389 batting average with 2 homeruns and 23 RBIs.[14] On 28 July, Dening was released by the team. [15]

On 5 October 2016, it was announced that Dening would be returning to the Australian Baseball League and the Adelaide Bite for the 2016-2017 season.[16]


  1. Stockman, J. (18 January 2006) Mitch Dening signs professional contract Australian Baseball Federation
  2. Zimmerman, Nina (18 May 2015). "Dening signs with NPB's Swallows". The ABL. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. "新入団選手のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Niigata Albirex Baseball Club. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  4. "ヤクルト緊急補強へ! WBC元豪州代表デニング獲り" (in Japanese). Sanspo. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  5. "Cavalry complete Asia Series charge with crown". The ABL. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  6. "ミッチェル・ジョン・デニング選手と契約" (in Japanese). Tokyo Yakult Swallows. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  7. "ヤクルト打テコ入れ、豪代表外野手獲り" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  8. "ヤクルト・デニングが同点適時打、初起用に応えた" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  9. "ヤ新外国人デニング「自信になった」プロ初アーチ" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  10. "ヤクルト"360万男"デニングがV満弾!" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  11. "ソフトB&ヤクルト、シリーズ出場各40選手を発表" (in Japanese). Sponichi. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  12. Kyodo (22 December 2015)Baseball: Swallows to cut outfielder Milledge, sign 2 new foreign pitchers "Kyodo News"
  13. "新入団選手のお知らせ【チームからのお知らせ】" (in Japanese). Ehime Mandarin Pirates. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  14. "第245回 愛媛・弓岡敬二郎監督「前期Vを支えたベテランとルーキー」" (in Japanese). Ninomiya Sports. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  15. "退団選手のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Shikoku Island League Plus. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  16. Jacobs, Alex (5 October 2016). "Dynamic Dening back to boost Bite". Adelaide Bite. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
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