Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Red Sox Second Pick Nick Decker Already Steeped In Fenway Park History

Nick Decker
He is the Gatorade New Jersey Player Of The Year. But OF Nick Decker (Boston's second pick in the MLB Draft) is pretty well-versed in Fenway Park lore. The high-school senior (Seneca High School in Tabernacle, New Jersey) has actually already played at Fenway twice—in the Area Code Games Summer Rivalry Classic. This high-school season, he’s hitting .492 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs. The 64th overall pick reflected on someday playing in "America's Most Beloved Ballpark": "Ted Williams played on this field. It’s really remarkable. To step into same batter’s box as Ted Williams, Mariano Rivera has his signature down there in the bullpen. Pesky Pole, all the signatures on that, and to realize this is going to be my home field soon, this is just an unbelievable feeling." Not bad for an 18-year-old kid! Decker is just the second New Jersey high school OF to be selected higher than the fifth round since that first happened back in the 2009. The other guy? Some dude named Mike Trout. While Decker is committed to play at the University of Maryland next year, the roughly $1 million the Red Sox are likely to dangle in front of him will probably make him quickly forget about College Park. We're guessing.