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All-State baseball: Yukon's Jonathan Denney is player of the year

Millers catcher is also Big All-City player of the year.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 8, 2013
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/articleid/3843383/1/pictures/2123746">Photo - Yukon's Jon Denney throws back to the pitcher during a high school baseball game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Yukon's Jon Denney throws back to the pitcher during a high school baseball game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“He's made a ton of strides,” Medlin said. “He's really grown, not just athletically and physically, but maturity wise. He handles things better now.”

Friday, Denney was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the third round, No. 81 overall.

The pick was later than Denney was expected to go. But Denney was excited about the prospect of playing for Boston, saying on Twitter that he'd been a lifelong Red Sox fan.

Medlin said he hadn't talked to Denney much since he'd been picked but said he had a difficult choice in front of him. Denney has also signed with Arkansas.

“He's got a big decision on his plate,” Medlin said. “There's going to be a lot of paperwork and money thrown in front of him with enticing offers from both sides. But I know he's a guy that's eager and wanting to show what he can do in baseball wherever he goes.”

For the most part, Denney was at his best against the best competition, especially when the Millers made a Spring Break trip to Arizona.

On the trip, he hit against pitchers that had signed with Arizona State and Gonzaga. Denney struggled a bit when the Millers returned and pitchers in the state stopped pitching to him much.

Denney took 40 walks this season. He did strike out 20 times, sometimes chasing pitches out of the zone when pitchers tried to work around him.

“What I'm thinking is when he starts seeing the good stuff all the time, he's really going to hit well,” James said. “Better pitchers are going to have to pitch to him.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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