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Cody Decker Wins AZL Player of Year Honors
11/09/2009 11:23 AM ET
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - INF Cody Decker added another award to his resume following an outstanding pro debut in 2009. Decker was named the George M. Trautman Arizona Rookie League Player of the Year by Topps and Minor League Baseball. The UCLA product hit .354 and led the league with with 15 home runs and 63 RBIs.

Decker, 22, had already been named an AZL All-Star and the league's MVP. He was drafted by the Padres in the 22nd round of the 2009 draft. In 52 games, Decker led the AZL in home runs (15), RBIs (63), doubles (21), extra-base hits (39) and slugging percentage (.717). His home run total was nearly twice the next-closest competitor (teammate Rymer Liriano, 8).

Added to the TinCaps' roster on August 29, Decker went 2-for-18 with Fort Wayne in a backup role.

During his career at UCLA, Decker became the first hitter since now-Arizona Diamondbacks OF Eric Byrnes to hit at least five home runs in each of his four seasons.

OF Jaff Decker (no relation to Cody) also received the AZL MVP and Player of the Year honors in 2008; he spent the entire 2009 campaign with the TinCaps.



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