UCLA's Cody Decker Earns Arizona League Player of the Year Honors

Nov. 9, 2009

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PEORIA, Ariz. - Former UCLA first baseman Cody Decker has been named the George M. Trautman Arizona Rookie League player of the Year by Topps and Minor League Baseball, as announced Monday. Decker has already been named an AZL All-Star and the league's Most Valuable Player.

Decker, a 22nd-round draft selection by the San Diego Padres last June, led the AZL in home runs (15), RBI (63), doubles (21), extra-base hits (39) and slugging percentage (.717) in 52 games. Decker's home run total was nearly twice the next-closest competitor (teammate Rymer Liriano, 8).

The former UCLA standout was promoted to the Fort Wayne TinCaps in late August. Decker went 2-for-18 with Fort Wayne in a backup role following his addition to the TinCaps' roster on August 29.

Decker, who led all Pac-10 hitters with 21 homers in 2009, batted .288 in 191 career games at UCLA. He totaled 47 home runs, 28 doubles, 153 RBI and 118 runs in his four-year Bruin career. He concluded his UCLA career tied for seventh place on the school's all-time home run 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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