SAN ANTONIO — Cody Decker’s tear through the Texas League has netted the former Santa Monica High School slugger a second straight Player of the Week award, it was announced on Monday.
Decker’s week was highlighted by a three home run effort during a doubleheader against Midland last week.
“I’m seeing it good,” Decker said before a game on Tuesday. “But, I think I’ve done this my whole career.”
Decker co-leads the league with 13 dingers. He’s also tied for third in the league with 25 runs batted in.
His .290 batting average is good for second on his team, the San Antonio Missions, the double A affiliate for the San Diego Padres.
After starring at Samohi, Decker moved on to a standout career at UCLA before being drafted in the 22nd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Padres.
He was drafted as an infielder, but his real value is at the plate, according to scouting services.
Decker, who is making the transition to the outfield this season, believes that his approach to hitting hasn’t changed over the years.
Ever since his storied days at Samohi, he said that where he plays makes little difference to him.
“I’m always pretty comfortable,” Decker said. “I just go out and do my thing.”
Although club officials haven’t indicated he’s being promoted, Decker said that the difference between double A and triple A is narrow. He considers the level of play to be similar, adding that just as many players get called up from double A as they do from the higher class.
“That’s how it works these days,” he said. “It happens quite often.”
While he’s in San Antonio, Decker said he doesn’t get out much besides the occasional movie, and of course his daily jaunt to the ballpark.
To keep himself entertained, he’s taken to Twitter. His exploits on the social media giant have even attracted the notice of baseball writers. Some have called him the funniest man in minor league baseball.
“That’s what they say,” he joked, “and they would be right.”
LaRue close to Notre Dame offer
Samohi junior wide receiver Sebastian LaRue is expected to be offered a scholarship by Notre Dame, Irish Illustrated is reporting.
LaRue, who already has offers from the likes of Michigan, UCLA and Oklahoma, tallied 55 receptions, 903 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Vikings. For his efforts, he was named to the All-CIF-Southern Section Western Division team among other honors.
Rivals.com has him ranked as the 141st prospect in the nation and the 21st receiver overall. He’s considered a four out of five star recruit.