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Jaff Decker

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Jaff Decker
Name: Jaff Kyle Decker
Born: Feb 23, 1990 in Phoenix, Ariz. USA
High School: Sunrise Mountain HS, Peoria, Ariz.
Ht.: 5'9" / Wt.: 190 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
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Drafted in the supplemental 1st round (42nd overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2008 (signed for $892,000)
Decker looks like a younger version of Matt Stairs with a compact, strong body, and he's earned comparisons to the Canadian slugger as well, though Decker throws lefthanded. Scouts mean the comparison as a compliment, because Decker can really hit. The best thing about being a 5-foot-10 slugger is that Decker is short to the ball and has an easy feel for hitting, generating easy above-average power with a quick, strong swing. He's a baseball player and grinder who has become an area scout's favorite. His arm is his next-best tool after his bat, as he's thrown a no-hitter this spring, occasionally visits the low-90s with his fastball and spins a solid-average breaking ball. If he doesn't make it as a hitter, he definitely has a shot to become a lefthanded reliever, and if he winds up at Arizona State he could become a three-year, two-way star. His body leaves no room for projection, but he has one of the better now bats in the high school draft class. Decker's a second-round bat but probably fits lower on most boards due to his small stature.
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