Padres Promote Decker to Bolster Outfield
With the report of Cameron Maybin hitting the 15-Day DL, the Padres needed to get more depth in their outfield. As Such, The Padres have chosen to promote left-handed outfielder Jaff Decker to join the Padres for their series finale against the Atlanta Braves. The Friarhood’s own Steve Adler broke the news Thurday morning via Twitter.
Decker was a Padres First Round Draft Pick, being drafted 42nd overall out of Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Arizona. Decker has performed well in his minor league career, earning Texas League Player of the week in April of 2011, along with several other “player-of-the-week” honors in the California League and Arizona Fall/Rookie Leagues, and being named a Mid-Season All-Star while with the Fort Wayne TinCaps in 2009. The young southpaw was also rated 82nd by Baseball America in 2010 on their list of top 100 prospects.
Decker has a lifetime .263 batting average over the course of six minor league seasons with 284 RBI and 66 Homeruns. This season with Triple-A Tucson, Decker has hit for a .251 average with 20 RBI and 5 homeruns, and his line reads at .251/.370/.400 at Triple-A as well.
Decker will be the fourth player to make their Major League Debut with the Padres this season, following behind infielder Jedd Gyorko and pitchers Robbie Erlin and Burch Smith. The Padres will attempt to complete the sweep of the Atlanta Braves, perhaps with Decker’s help, Thursday afternoon at 12:40pm at Petco Park.