Power hitting was definitely the theme for the Red Sox early in this year’s MLB Draft. With the 64th pick the Sox nabbed Nick Decker, an outfielder from Seneca High School in New Jersey. Earlier in the evening the Red Sox drafted power hitting corner infielder Tristan Casas out of Florida.
In his senior year, Decker accumulated seven home runs, 24 runs batted in, 34 walks, and a .492 batting average. The last big bat from the Garden State to make an impact was none other than Mike Trout, who was drafted back in 2009. This leaves a big set of shoes for Decker to try and match.
Decker was recently named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year and participated in the 2017 Perfect Game All-American Classic. Decker could be heading to Maryland in the near future if he doesn’t sign with the Red Sox, but first he will be focused on leading his Golden Eagles in the Group 3 State Semifinal on Tuesday.
Written by Garrett Bampos