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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Jaff Decker (Credit: USA Baseball)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Jaff Decker
Position:Outfield
School:Sunrise Mountain HS (Ariz.)
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:02/23/90
Height:5'10"
Weight:190 lbs.
Bats:Left
Throws:Left
Report Date(s):04/29/08
Game(s):Pinnacle HS


Focus Area
Comments
Hitting Ability:Decker has good overall hitting ability, though he can get long with his swing at times. He's also a little too straight up and down with his stance.
Power:He will have some even though his frame doesn't look like it should.
Running Speed:He's a below-average runner.
Base running:It's not a part of his game.
Arm Strength:Also a pitcher who can throw up to 93 mph, he's got above-average arm strength in the outfield.
Fielding:He's got very good instincts defensively and catches everything he gets to.
Range:Because of his lack of speed, his range is somewhat limited.
Physical Description:Decker is kind of stocky. While he's drawn some Brian Giles comps, a Matt Stairs comparison may make more sense.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Good hitting ability, some power, above-average arm.
Weaknesses:A little limited defensively, he's a right field/DH type who'll have to show enough power to man that corner.
Summary:While most people were looking at Decker as a hitter, there probably are still some who might consider him on the mound. He can throw upwards of 93 mph with a decent curve, and that arm strength serves him well in the outfield. He's got a pretty good approach as a hitter and has the chance to hit for pretty good power, looking like a Matt Stairs-like right fielder in the future.