Former UCLA Slugger Cody Decker Named Arizona League MVP

Aug. 27, 2009

PEORIA, Ariz. - Former UCLA first baseman Cody Decker has been named the Arizona League's MVP, as announced Thursday in the league's list of 2009 Postseason All-Stars. Entering Thursday's action, Decker leads all Arizona League hitters with 14 home runs and 61 RBI.

Decker was a 22nd-round selection of the San Diego Padres in the 2009 MLB Draft. He has spent his first professional season playing for the AZL Padres (Rookie League).

Decker, who led all Pac-10 hitters with 21 homers in 2009, boasts a .356 batting average, just 10 points shy of giving him the lead in all Triple Crown categories. He has collected three triples, 21 doubles and 45 runs in 51 games and has registered a .422 on-base percentage and .711 slugging percentage.

A four-year letterwinner at UCLA (2006-09), Decker emerged as one of the Pac-10 Conference's most prolific power hitters. He batted .288 in 191 career games, totaling 47 home runs, 28 doubles, 153 RBI and 118 runs. He concluded his UCLA career tied for seventh place on UCLA's career home runs list.

In 2009, Decker became the first UCLA player to win the Pac-10 home run title since 2002 (Wes Whisler and Adam Berry, 18). He twice earned All-Pac-10 team honors (2007, 2009) and was a three-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection.

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