Milwaukee Brewers' David Denson becomes first openly gay MLB player

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer David Denson has become the first openly gay player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Denson, with the help of former major leaguer Billy Bean, reached out to the newspaper to tell his story.

The 20-year-old first baseman plays for the Helena Brewers in the rookie Pioneer League. Bean, Major League Baseball's first Ambassador for Inclusion, revealed he is gay after his playing career.

In June, pitcher Sean Conroy of the Sonoma Stompers of the independent Pacific Association, revealed that he is gay. The Pacific Association is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

The Milwaukee Brewers released this statement in regards to David Denson's announcement:

"David is a highly-respected member of the Milwaukee Brewers family, and he is a very courageous young man. Our goal for David is to help develop him into a Major League player, just as it is for any player in our system, and we will continue to support him in every way as he chases that dream."