June 21, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres pinch hitter Jaff Decker (1) scores during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jaff Decker was designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres this week. Now he is a Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder. One would wonder for just how long this might be the case.
The 23-year-old Decker, hits left handed and can play, all three outfield spots. He debuted June 20 with San Diego.
Unfortunately he didn’t hit above the Mendoza line in just 26 at-bats. Of course, the guy did well at the Triple-A level where Decker hit .286 with 10 bombs in 350 at-bats with Triple-A Tucson.
The number that jumps out from the minors is he gets on base. He had a .381 on-base percentage, making him the type of player the Bucs could ride until Polanco becomes available? Maybe. Or maybe he can be packaged and moved in another deal by the Pirates. But for now at least, Decker is the new Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder riding the potential power brand we often see. Decker was a first-rounder (42nd pick) in 2008 and has done well in the minors–MVP of Arizona League, Baseball America A ball player of the year, etc…
Here is what we have found for you:
Six years ago. Wow. This will get you picked early in the draft
For more videos of Decker, here is the link to his YouTube search results. Link
Back in late August it was announced Decker was scheduled to play winter ball in Venezula. Keep an eye for more on that. Link
Decker’s first career home run video is here. It came on August 12 of this year with the Fathers down 8-0 to Colorado. Decker drills a solo shot off Jhoulys Chacin for the first homer of his Major League career. Heh, the guy can pull a ball.