Matt den Dekker Promoted to AAA

Again, den Dekker plays a strong centerfield, and was crushing double-A Eastern League pitching to the tune of .340/.397/.563 in 58 games. At the time of his promotion, he was leading the EL in batting average, hits (81), doubles (21), slugging percentage, extra-base hits (33), runs scored (47), total bases (134), and was fourth in OBP and strikeouts (64). One minor blemish in his stat line: he was just 10-for-17 stealing bases.

The 24-year old hit .333/.400/.444 against lefties in 63 AB with six extra-base hits, three walks and four HBP. He mashed righties at .343/.396/.606 with 27 extra-base hits, 17 walks and 1 HBP in 175 AB.

The strikeouts will eventually hurt his batting average, but even if he’s not hitting .340, or even .300, his pop and defense will have major league value.

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