Dening with Niigata Albirex (23 September 2013)
|Adelaide Bite – No. 17|
Born: 17 August 1988|
Toowoon Bay, New South Wales, Australia
|27 May, 2015, for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows|
|NPB statistics |
|Haarlem Baseball Week|
|2016 Haarlem||National team|
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.
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 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.
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. However it was not to be a successful season with club as he hit only .191
Niigata Albirex Baseball Club
During the regular season, Dening played in 44 matches hitting .370 and winning batting champion honours. 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.
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. He became the first Australian playing in the Baseball Challenge League to sign for an NPB team.
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. On 29 May, Dening hit his first NPB homerun in a game against the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. He would then go on to hit his first grand slam on June 7 against the Chiba Lotte Marines. 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 he did not see any further action during the season.
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. 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. On 28 July, Dening was released by the team.
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- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- Kyodo (22 December 2015)Baseball: Swallows to cut outfielder Milledge, sign 2 new foreign pitchers "Kyodo News"
- "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.
- "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.
- "退団選手のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Shikoku Island League Plus. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- Jacobs, Alex (5 October 2016). "Dynamic Dening back to boost Bite". Adelaide Bite. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Mitch Dening – Baseball America