After selecting first baseman (third baseman for now) Triston Casas with their first pick in Monday night’s draft, the Red Sox took Nick Decker with their second pick at number 64 overall. This is another prep bat being taken by the Red Sox, with Decker being a left-handed outfielder out of Seneca High School in New Jersey. He is 18 years old and is committed to play his college ball at the University of Maryland next spring.
The quick scouting report on Decker is that he is a corner outfield type with a good approach and big raw power, a similar profile to Casas. The Red Sox certainly seem to have a type with this draft. Decker was ranked as the 110th prospect on Baseball America’s predraft rankings, 74th on MLB Pipeline’s rankings and 51st on Fangraphs’ list. So, obviously opinions are fairly split on this young outfielder. For what it’s worth, Mike Trout was also a high school outfielder from New Jersey, so it’s confirmed that the Red Sox have the next Mike Trout on their hands.
We’ll have more on this pick in a bit.