Cody Decker tweeted on Saturday that he had signed with a team and will move to catcher after spending previous seasons as a first baseman and left fielder. That team will be the Milwaukee Brewers, sources tell FanRag Sports.
Decker was drafted out of UCLA in the 22nd round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Padres. He spent six years in the Padres’ farm system, mostly bouncing back and forth between the franchise’s Double-A and Triple-A teams in San Antonio and Tuscon.
Decker made his MLB debut in 2015 with the Padres, where he appeared in eight games for a team that went 74-88. Decker, 29, struck out five times in 11 at-bats for San Diego, failing to secure a single hit but logging one RBI during his brief stint in the majors.
The following season Decker signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals. He was traded to Colorado five months later in April 2016, but he was released by the Rockies in May 2016. The Boston Red Sox picked up the free agent slugger and signed him to a minor league contract in June 2016. Decker spent the rest of his time with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, where he hit .232/.284/.481.
Decker is known for his power, which was evident with 19 home runs in his 304 at-bats in 2016.
As Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports pointed out on Twitter, Decker began converting to catcher during his time with the Padres.
The Brewers currently have three catchers on the 40-man roster who will battle for playing time in Jett Bandy, Andrew Susac and Manny Pina.