UCLA Baseball's Cody Decker Earns Minor League Hitter of the Year Honors
Jan. 3, 2010
SAN DIEGO - Former UCLA first baseman Cody Decker has been named the Minor League Baseball Short-Season Hitter of the Year, as announced Friday by milb.com. Decker has already been named the Arizona League's Most Valuable Player, the AZL's Player of the Year by Topps and milb.com, and an Arizona League All-Star.
Decker, a 22nd-round draft selection by the San Diego Padres in June 2009, led the Arizona League last season in home runs (15), RBI (63), doubles (21), extra-base hits (39) and slugging percentage (.717) in 52 games. His home run total was nearly twice the next-closest competitor, teammate Rymer Liriano (8).
The former two-time All-Pac-10 team selection was promoted to the Fort Wayne TinCaps roster prior to the Midwest League playoffs (single-A). Decker went 2-for-18 with Fort Wayne in a backup role following his addition to the roster on August 29.
Decker, who hails from Santa Monica, Calif., led all Pac-10 hitters in 2009 with 21 home runs. In four seasons at UCLA, he posted a career .288 batting average in 191 games. Decker finished his collegiate career having belted 47 home runs, tied for seventh place on the school's all-time list. He also registered career totals of 28 doubles, 153 RBI and 118 runs.
In 2009, Decker became the first UCLA ballplayer 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.