Jaff Decker
Jaff Decker
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Washington Nationals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jaff Decker in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals in May of 2018.
Inks minor-league deal with Nats
OFWashington Nationals  AAA
May 22, 2018
Decker signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Decker compiled a solid .271/.407/.458 slash line across 15 games with Triple-A Gwinnett before being cut loose by the Braves. He figures to serve as organizational outfield depth for the Nationals.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+52%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+392%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .426 20 1 0 1 1 .176 .250 .176
Since 2016vs Right .494 99 4 0 1 1 .176 .271 .224
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .819 9 1 0 0 1 .375 .444 .375
2017vs Right .538 53 3 0 1 0 .167 .300 .238
2016vs Left .091 11 0 0 1 0 .000 .091 .000
2016vs Right .448 46 1 0 0 1 .186 .239 .209
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Since 2016
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+34%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+217%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .446 59 3 0 1 1 .140 .246 .200
Since 2016Away .519 60 2 0 1 1 .212 .288 .231
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .655 35 3 0 1 1 .214 .333 .321
2017Away .490 27 1 0 0 0 .182 .308 .182
2016Home .170 24 0 0 0 0 .045 .125 .045
2016Away .539 33 1 0 1 1 .233 .273 .267
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After two years in the Pittsburgh organization and eight minor league seasons overall, Decker appears to be a Quadruple-A player. He offers some skill, such as an outstanding throwing arm and excellent plate discipline, but the sum isn’t any greater than the parts. Decker batted .266/.370/.362 for Triple-A Indianapolis and hit .214 in 36 plate appearances with the Pirates, which led to the organization declining to tender him a contract in the offseason. A combined 43:47 BB:K last year illustrates his strong batting eye — something that could make him appealing to teams if he is willing to sign a minor league contract. The 26-year-old likely faces his future as a bat of the bench.
Decker was unable to parlay an impressive spring training into a spot on Pittsburgh's roster in 2014, playing almost exclusively at the Triple-A level. The former San Diego property hit .257/.355/.391 in 409 plate appearances for Indianapolis. Given the Pirates' stability at all three outfield positions, Decker's only opportunity to crack the big league lineup might be through injuries to the starters -- even then, he's behind Travis Snider and Andrew Lambo. While the left-handed hitter holds a .267/.395/.446 slash line in seven minor league campaigns and is armed with a gun defensively, he'll need more than a few breaks to reach PNC Park in 2015.
Once a prized prospect in the Padres' farm system, Decker showed little in two major league stints, batting .154/.233/.269 with one homer in 26 at-bats. Consequently, he was designated for assignment and soon moved to the Pirates, where his path to the 25-man roster may in fact be more difficult. Residence at Triple-A Indianapolis likely describes his upcoming season.
After four seasons in the Padres' organization, Decker is showing strong enough growth to keep him on your radar although his impact is unlikely to come this year or even next. He's got a nice mix of both power and speed, although his stocky frame will likely favor the power more in the long run. His plate discipline is strong as seen in his 16.8 percent walk rate in his first season at Double-A, but the strikeout rate (23.7 percent) could prove to be a problem. Still, he managed 19 home runs and 15 stolen bases last year and posted a .373 OBP. Keep him on your radar in long term keeper and dynasty leagues, but again, his presence won't be felt for a few years.
Decker, a 2008 supplemental first-round pick, spent 2010 at High-A Lake Elsinore, where he continued to show good power and plate discipline, especially for someone his age (20). He still strikes out too much and without an inflated BABIP, his batting average tumbled to .262. He'll likely spend 2011 at Double-A San Antonio working on his swing and trying to making more contact. Those in keeper leagues should monitor his progress as he's likely to be part of the team's plans sooner rather later.
The Padres' supplemental No. 1 in the 2008 draft did everything right in his full-season debut, showing preternatural plate discipline and excellent power given his age and the level. His contact rate is the primary concern, as striking out in a quarter of your at-bats in the Midwest League is a bad sign. Assuming he goes to Lake Elsinore, he's in line for a huge year and a big leap up prospect charts.
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Sent to minor-league camp
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
March 18, 2018
Decker was reassigned to minor-league spring training on Sunday.
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Inks NRI deal with Atlanta
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
February 1, 2018
Decker agreed to a minor-league contract with the Braves on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training.
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Outrighted after clearing waivers
OFOakland Athletics  AAA
May 13, 2017
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Designated for assignment Tuesday
OFOakland Athletics  AAA
May 9, 2017
Decker was designated for assignment Tuesday.
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Starts Monday
OFOakland Athletics  AAA
May 8, 2017
Decker will bat seventh and start in center field against the Angels on Monday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.
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