North graduate Cameron Decker signs with Los Angeles Dodgers

Deciding to forgo his commitment to the University of Central Florida
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Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 6:43 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - North high school graduate Cameron Decker left summer ball at the University of Central Florida to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On July 19, Decker was selected by the Dodgers in the 18th round of the MLB Draft, only weeks after he moved to UCF to start summer classes.

“That feeling of seeing your name on there and getting the call,” Decker said. “It was something that only happens once in your lifetime.”

His prowess at the plate is what made him stand out. The shortstop finished his senior season batting .447 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI. He played at the varsity level for four years as a North Husky under Jeremy Jones.

Jones said Decker is the complete package on and off the field. When asked what differentiates high school athletes from pro-level players he said it’s the mental aspect.

“Mentally he drives himself, pushes himself to be better, and it translates on the baseball field,” Jones said. “He is the guy that’s the first one here and the last one to leave. To see a kid who’s put all that work in, comes through, gets drafted, we’re just so proud of him.”

According to MLB.com, Decker’s signing bonus was for $187,500. He had the option of staying committed to UCF or sign with the Dodgers. The deadline was August 1.

“If I decided to go to school at UCF I would’ve had to stay for three years,” Decker said. “Three years is a long time and then you’re not guaranteed to get drafted, so I really felt like this was the best way for me. I’m with the best organization in baseball when it comes to developing guys.”

The Decker family name is synonymous with baseball. Joe Decker, Cameron’s grandfather, played in the Cincinnati Reds’ farm system while his cousin, Jeff Goldbach, was a second-round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs. Cameron’s father, Chad Decker, played at the University of Central Florida for his freshman season, his uncle pitched for Indiana State and his brother, Cole Decker, is a rising junior North Husky.

“I’ve always been surrounded by baseball,” Decker said. ”It’s that something I’ve had a dream of since I was a little kid and it has taken a lot of support and people around me to make it happen.”

Decker is now in Arizona where he will play for the Dodgers’ development team within the Arizona Complex League. Games began August 1.

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