Nick Decker Minors Outfield

       
 
Age: 21
Born: October 2, 1999
Birthplace: Seneca, NJ
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
   
Drafted: 2nd round, 2018 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Maryland commit)
High School: Seneca (NJ)
ETA: Mid 2023

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Nick Decker photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: June 21, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Ray Fagnant
Signing Bonus: $1,250,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
   
Pro Debut: August 24, 2018 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @ndecker26
Instagram: @ndecker26

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Strong build with a sturdy lower half. Some remaining projection, primarily in his upper body, but already physically developed for his age.

Hit: Starts crouched with an open stance. Long, uppercut swing. Quick hands, above-average bat speed. Does a good job utilizing his lower half. Will take what the pitcher gives him and use all fields. Needs to improve pitch recognition and cut down on swing-and-miss. Has a lot of trouble picking up breaking balls, particularly from left-handers. Had a heavy platoon split in 2019, striking out 45 percent of the time against left-handers, albeit in just 31 plate appearances. Has an idea of what he wants to do at the plate, but over-aggressiveness and swing-and-miss issues hold him back. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Shows easy power during batting practice. Swing has loft and can drive the ball with backspin. Power is most notable to the pull side. Needs to show the ability to hit for power against left-handed pitchers. Potential to develop above-average game power at his peak.

Run: Below-average speed. Aggressive on the basepaths. Gets good jumps and reads.

Field: Reads and first step need some development. Will not be a standout defender, but should develop into an average outfielder at least. Drafted as a center fielder, but moved to right field full-time in 2019.
  Arm: Above-average arm strength. Plenty of arm for right field. Arm is accurate, but lacks carry at times.

Career Notes: Committed to Maryland. After being drafted, suffered a small fracture in his left wrist during batting practice before his pro debut and was limited to playing in the season's final two games. Had short IL stints in 2019 for a right ankle contusion and a right hamstring strain. Participated in the 2018 and 2020 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Potential bat-first, bench corner outfielder limited to duty against right-handers. If bat continues to develop, ceiling of a second-division everyday player. Bat-first profile with enough power to carry him in a corner if his hit tool develops. Has shown strong instincts and plays hard, getting the most out of his tools. Approach and hit tool will determine his future potential, as he really has to cut down on his swing-and-miss or will be exposed by more advanced pitching. Needs to show he can hit left-handed pitching, otherwise could end up in platoon role. Still early in development having not faced much advanced pitching as a high schooler in the Northeast.

Links
Spring Training Video of Nick Decker (3.21.19)
Scouting Report Update (4.24.20)
State of the System: Outfielders (5.13.20)
Scouting Report Update (9.29.2020)
Scout Chatter (11.30.2020)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2016 Seneca --- HS --- 16 --- 66 16 21 5 0 3 21 --- 15 --- 2 --- 0.318 --- --- ---
  2017 Seneca --- HS --- 17 --- 63 29 24 6 0 5 23 --- 21 --- 5 --- 0.381 --- --- ---
  2018 Seneca --- HS --- 18 --- 59 30 29 5 2 7 24 --- 34 --- 7 --- 0.492 --- --- ---
  2018 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 2 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0.250 0.400 0.500 0.900
  2019 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 19 53 170 23 42 10 5 6 25 80 21 59 4 5 0.247 0.328 0.471 0.799
  2020 MiiLB Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 20 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
   
     
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2021 TBD - - Bos 21     stats                            
   
     
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