It didn’t take long for Jaff Decker to take advantage of Lake Elsinore’s hitter-friendly environment, as he launched a homer off of Lancaster reliever Michael Schurz in just his seventh at-bat of the season.
The homer was Decker’s first hit of the year. He’s 1-for-7 with two walks in two games since coming to Lake Elsinore from extended spring training, where he was rehabbing an injury.
Storm first baseman Cody Decker isn’t considered the prospect Jaff is, being drafted 21 rounds lower and being three years older, but he ripped a homer of his own Friday night. The homer was his seventh, and he also recorded his twelfth double of the season.
Cody’s plate discipline is an issue (36/7 K/BB), but he certainly has power, and he’s found a way to use it in game situations, hitting .299/.338/.569 on the season. He has yet to play in an environment where he isn’t way older than the competition (his huge 2009 came in Rookie ball at 22) or in a notoriously hitter-friendly environment (this year), so San Antonio will be a big test. Right now, though, he looks like a guy who could be a nice pinch-hitter or lefty-masher in the majors someday.