Decker, a left handed hitting outfielder who turns 24 in February, was recently designated for assignment by San Diego. Writes Rubin:
The 23-year-old Decker, a lefty hitter who plays all three outfield positions, made his major league debut on June 20 with San Diego. He went on to hit .154 in 26 at-bats. Decker hit .286 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs in 350 at-bats with Triple-A Tucson. He also had a .381 on-base percentage, making him the type of player that fits the Mets’ philosophy. Decker was a first-round pick (42nd overall) in 2008 by San Alderson’s Padres. Alderson has been known to make waiver claims and sign players to minor league contracts from that organization.
As Rubin notes, the Mets have not been connected to Decker by anything concrete. Rather, this is a hunch from an official who thinks Decker profiles as the type of player the Mets would like.
Decker’s on base percentage in the minors (in samples that are large enough to analyze) has ranged from .365 to .523. He’s always had a very good walk rate, though he also strikes out a lot (he K’d 22.7 percent of the time last year for San Diego’s Triple-A affiliate).
Even though he has a tendency to strike out, Decker is someone who gets on base at a very good clip, is still young, and has decent pop.
If the Mets brought in Decker, I’m guessing it would be as someone who would have to battle for a spot during Spring Training.