Jaff Decker missed most of spring training, all of April, and a good part of May with a hamstring issue, so it shouldn’t have been surprising that he was pretty rusty when he finally made it to Lake Elsinore in mid-May.
Of course, I wouldn’t have predicted that “rusty” for Decker meant a .140/.210/.263 line in May, with a 25/3 K/BB ratio in 15 games, in the Cal League of all places, but I guess he was really rusty.
Now, we’re halfway through June, and it seems like the real Decker is slowly emerging from the Decker who was essentially playing at a spring training level.
Decker’s at .250/.305/.385 in June, including .286/.319/.381 in his past ten games. His K/BB isn’t anywhere near the stellar marks of years past, but he’s tightened it to 13/5, a major improvement over May.
For the year, he’s still just at .193/.256/.321, but with four multi-hit games in his last ten, Decker seems to be slowly rounding into form. It’s tremendous news for a farm system that has seen many of its top prospects struggle.