KEVIN DECKER
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: February 24, 1988
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 39th Round, 1167th Overall, 2010
How Acquired: Draft
College: College of Charleston
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Decker improved dramatically in his last season in college, making the transition from a struggling reliever to his team’s best pitcher.  The drop in his HR rate was especially dramatic. His fastball can reach 93 and his best pitch is a change.  As a senior he signed quickly.

2010
A-:  8-1-0, 3.75 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 57.2 IP, 2.0 BB/9, 4.7 K/9

Had solid debut, finishing strongly after scuffling early.  His ERA was 1.93 in August and September, with 23 hits plus walks in 28 IP.  He also pitched well in July except for one disastrous outing in which he allowed eight earned runs in one inning of work.  His ERA was 3.32 in his other five July games.  Decker had a huge platoon split, as left-handed hitters batted .330 against him and right-handed only .183.  He was a strong groundball pitcher, with a groundout to air out ratio of 1.76.  The big minus was the very low K rate.  With all the 2009 high school draftees on the Spikes’ staff, Decker played mainly a piggyback role, generally going around four innings whether he was starting or relieving.

2011
A:  3-5-2, 3.49 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 59.1 IP, 3.0 BB, 8.3 K/9

Decker pitched in relief for West Virginia, usually about two innings per outing.  He was much more hittable, with an opponents’ average of .272.  He kept the ball in the ballpark, allowing only two HRs, and his K rate improved greatly.  He had no real platoon split.  Decker was hurt by a very bad July in which his ERA was 8.25.  The rest of the time it was 2.28.

Decker will probably play a similar role at Bradenton in 2012.  You have to wonder whether he’s suffering a bit as a supporting player to the prep pitchers from the 2009 draft.  It seems like he could use more than 60 innings of work, especially considering that he threw nearly 140 between college and the minors in 2010.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

NCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
BB/9
K/9
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2009
3-1-1
17
7
49.1
65
14
27
47
4.9
8.6
1.86
.308
8.03
2010
8-0-0
17
11
81.0
75
4
36
67
4.0
7.4
1.37
.246
3.78
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2012: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 6/21/2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2013
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 9, 2010: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 39th round, 1167th overall pick; signed on June 11.