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Padres Promote Decker to Bolster Outfield 

Is Jaff Decker a cost effective replacement for Venable?

Is Jaff Decker a cost effective replacement for Venable?

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.

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About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!