That includes scouring the rumor mills with regularity, checking in with the beat writers on Twitter almost hourly, and even searching for scouting reports to learn a little bit more about the up and coming talent around the game.
That’s what some San Diego Padres were fans doing this week when they came across a piece written by Rich Wilson of Prospect361.com, where he ranked the organizations top ten prospects. When one reader noticed the name of Cody Decker missing from the list, he asked Wilson for an answer, which he received.
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‘Well at least you didn’t say Jaff Decker. Cody will be 26 next year and struggled in AAA before moving back to AA where he hit for a lot of power. Not a physical specimen at 5-foot-11 and 240ish but has a highly leveraged swing that when he makes contact, goes a long way. Bat speed is really slow though and he struggles against breaking pitches. Right-handed 1B really need to hit and he doesn’t. Poor man’s Matt Adams?
Not really a prospect for me but could be an extra bat off the bench in the big leagues. Statistical profile is similar to Sands but I like Sands bat better. Mind you, I don’t see Jerry Sands as a regular big league outfielder, but I put him a notch above Decker.’