The Colorado Rockies acquired first baseman Cody Decker from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations, according to Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star. The 29-year-old has been assigned to Triple-A Alburquerque.
Who is Cody Decker?
Kansas City signed the infielder to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training after he hit a .823 OPS with 21 home runs and 75 RBI in 120 games for Triple-A El Paso in the 2015 season. It was noted that Decker had an outside shot of making the big league club, which he did not. The signing with the Royals this offseason came after he had spent seven seasons in the Padres farm system.
"For the foreseeable future, I'm here in Omaha and I want to win a championship in Omaha, because I'd like a Triple-A ring," he said after being signed by the Royals. "Omaha won two Triple-A rings when I was in this division with them. This time, I'd like to win one with them."
Now, Decker will try and crack the Rockies major league roster sooner than later or win a championship at the Triple-A level.
Decker at the MLB level
Decker, across eight games in the 2015 season, took 11 at-bats for the Padres, but failed to record a hit. The 29-year-old tallied an RBI. Those eight games were the only opportunity Decker received with a major league team since being selected by the Padres in the 22nd round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
Decker at the MiLB level
The native of California has played eight seasons at the minor league level, which he has slashed .265/.348/.526 with 157 home runs and 509 RBI during the course of 768 games. Decker has seen 406 games at the Triple-A level and has hit .257 with 236 RBI.
Decker is known as the “Antihero” and is one of the most popular players in baseball, let alone in the minor leagues.
Will Decker have a shot to make the big leagues?
If Decker can dominate for Triple-A Alburquerque, he could have a shot to make the big league roster and help Ben Paulsen and Mark Reynolds at first base.