An eight-year veteran in Major League Baseball (MLB) playing for Cincinnati, Oakland and San Diego, Denorfia was an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-America selection in 2002, highlighting several awards he gathered in a Wheaton uniform. Denorfia garnered three New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-New England nods and two ECAC New England All-Star selections. He was named the NEWMAC Player of the Year in 2002 and the NEWMAC Co-Rookie of the Year in 1999. In 169 games played for the Lyons, Denorfia hit .403 with 182 runs scored, 164 hits, 56 doubles, 12 triples, 20 home runs, 168 RBI, a .450 on-base percentage, a .617 slugging percentage and 73 stolen bases. He ranks inside the top 10 in program history in every category previously mentioned. Denorfia was selected in the 19th round of the 2002 MLB amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds.