The Royals traded minor-league first baseman Cody Decker to the Colorado Rockies Wednesday morning in return for cash. Decker was more famous for his YouTube parodies than he was for his performance on the field during his brief stay in the Royals organization.
The KC Royals signed the 29-year-old Cody Decker this winter as a minor-league free agent, after he spent eight years in the Padres organization. The signing was something of a surprise, given the logjam of first base/DH types in the Kansas City Royals system which include World Series hero Eric Hosmer, Silver Slugger winner Kendrys Morales, and Independent League find Balbino Fuenmayor.
However, Decker has vindicated general manager Dayton Moore’s judgment by slashing his way to a .278/.381/.833 start at AAA Omaha with 3 home runs and 1.214 OPS> However, Decker had an opt out clause in his contract that he could exercise in May.
Though Cody Decker’s stay in the KC Royals organization lasted mere months, he did make quite a mark with his hobby as a film-maker. Decker is well known for a video he made of a prank he pulled on minor-league teammate (and former Kansas City Royal) Jeff Francoeur:
In the above video that he made in 2014, Decker convinced new teammate Jeff Francoeur that El Paso right fielder Jorge Reyes was deaf (he is not). The clip went viral, gaining over 1.4 million views.
This spring. Decker produced a parody video of an ESPN production meeting:
Here’s another video about what baseball players really do during rain delays:
You can see more Cody Decker videos at his Youtube Channel that he calls “Anti-Hero Baseball/Daylight Films“.
Cody Decker might have a .000 career batting average in MLB baseball (in 12 AB in 2015 with the Padres), but I’m going to miss him.
Here’s to hoping that Decker can find a role in Colorado and get a shot at making some videos about his Colorado teammates. In a state where marijuana is legal, I can only imagine what his next video might be like.