Theo Denlinger Portland Sea Dogs Pitcher

       
 
Age: 27
Born: July 10, 1996
Birthplace: Dubuque, IA
Height: 6-3
Weight: 240
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 7th round, 2021 by CWS
How Acquired: Acquired from CWS for Franklin German (Feb. 2023)
College: Bradley
High School: Cuba City (WI)
   

Photo © Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: DEN-lin-jurr
First Pro Contract: July 17, 2021 (CWS)
Signing Scout: JJ Lally
Signing Bonus: $10,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2024
MLFA Eligible: November 2027
   
Pro Debut: July 30, 2021 (ACL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/24): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2024): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @theodenlinger_

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Large, sturdy frame. Strong with a thick lower half. Filled out, no remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, starting on the first base side. Quick, medium-height leg kick. Quick arm action. Effort in delivery. Comes across his body with a long, stiff arm action.

Fastball: 92-95 mph. Tops out at 96 mph. Throws both four-seam and two-seam versions. Four seam works at the top of the velocity band, two-seam at the bottom. Four-seam shows life up in the zone and the ability to miss bats. Two-seam is primarily thrown down in the zone to generate weak contact. Command lags behind control considerably. Reportedly added the two-seam version and a cutter in 2022. Has not shown the cutter in outings scouted in 2023. Potential above-average offering with refined command.

Slider: 81-83 mph. Long, 11-to-5 break. Inconsistent shape. Does not play as well in games as you would expect given spin rate. Fringe-average potential.
  Changeup: 84-85 mph. Rarely throws. Clear third pitch. Well-below average offering.

Career Notes: Really into ironworking and has a workshop with a forge and anvil at his home. Three-sport athlete in high school. Barely pitched in college in 2017 and 2018 due to a knee injury and then Tommy John surgery. Impressed in the Northwoods League and was a Northwoods League All-Star. Acquired in February 2023 in exchange for Franklin German.

Summation: Potential solid organizational depth reliever. Ceiling of an emergency up-and-down arm if he can refine his command and control. Fastball is his best pitch and shows promising characteristics, but needs to find consistent command and a secondary pitch.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2017 Madison Tech N4C NJCAA --- 20 0 1 0.00 1 1 0 3.2 2 3 0 0 3 3 4 1.36 9.82 7.36
  2018 Madison Tech N4C NJCAA --- 21 1 0 9.00 1 1 0 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 2.00 9.00 9.00
  2019 Bradley MVC NCAA --- 22 1 2 2.86 22 0 6 22.0 14 16 7 1 2 11 24 1.14 9.82 4.50
  2020 Bradley MVC NCAA --- 23 0 1 10.38 3 0 1 4.1 8 5 5 0 0 6 3 3.23 6.23 12.46
  2021 Bradley MVC NCAA --- 24 0 2 4.58 17 0 6 17.2 19 9 9 2 0 10 21 1.64 10.70 5.09
  2021 ACL White Sox ACL Rk CWS 24 0 1 9.00 2 0 0 2.0 3 2 2 0 0 1 5 2.00 22.50 4.50
  2021 Kannapolis Cannon Ballers Car A CWS 24 0 0 2.45 14 0 2 14.2 10 6 4 1 0 6 26 1.09 15.95 3.68
  2022 Winston-Salem Dash SAL A+ CWS 25 1 0 3.60 8 0 0 10.0 9 4 4 1 0 3 17 1.20 15.30 2.70
  2022 Birmingham Barons Sou AA CWS 25 1 2 4.70 32 0 5 38.1 34 21 20 6 2 18 49 1.36 11.50 4.23
2023 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 26 2 4 4.70 24 0 0 30.2 25 19 16 1 3 15 34 1.30 9.98 4.40
2023 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 26 2 0 6.89 11 0 0 15.2 11 14 12 2 3 17 17 1.79 9.77 9.77
2024 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 27     stats                            
   
     
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