Drafted by San Diego out of UCLA in 2009, Decker quickly became one of the most popular players in the Padres’ farm system. He became a “Twitter celebrity” known for his practical jokes on other players and for his YouTube videos.
After hitting 154 home runs in 783 minor-league games, the Pacific Coast League All-Star and Team Israel member finally reached the major leagues as a September call-up in 2015. He appeared in eight games with the Padres and registered one RBI in 11 plate appearances.
He became a free agent after the season and signed a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals’ organization. He also played for farm teams affiliated with the Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks. He finished his career with 204 minor-league home runs.
Decker hit a Jewish-record 204 minor-league home runs. He also recorded 645 RBIs and had a 3.54 ERA in nine minor-league pitching appearances.