Padres farmhand Cody Decker has done a lot in baseball. He starred at UCLA, hit 29 home runs between two levels in 2012 and has reached Triple-A the last two seasons. He’s hitting .275/.355/.539 this season with 14 homers for Triple-A Tucson as a first baseman, mixing in some third base and some catcher.
The 26-year-old also played last September for Israel’s World Baseball Classic team, managed by Brad Ausmus. The former all-star catcher is a special assistant in the Padres’ baseball operations department, and Decker has worked with him what he called his “slow transition to catching.”
Decker also has a theatrical bent, in a manner of speaking. He’s made five short videos and posted them on his YouTube page, and the latest spoofs his old Israeli manager. It’s just called “Brad” and it’s worth a view.