Commitment Spotlight: '19 Kathan Decker, SS, Eastview

Andy Judkins
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota


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Kathan Decker

Class of 2019 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Eastview
    State: MN
  • Summer Team: MN Blizzard
  • Height: 5-9
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


Max FB
74 - 76
68 - 69
73 - 74
INF Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

3/18/18- 5-foot-9, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.58 runner. Square stance, leg kick trigger, above avg. round of bp, consistently squared baseball, shows good hand/eye coordination, works middle field, hard line drive contact, 82 mph exit velocity. Short compact arm action, works around and through ball, sure hands, quick release, solid actions in field, 71 mph arm across infield. On mound; short rocker step into tilted posture, stiffer lower half, short arm action, with solid extension and finish. Commanded fastball well, worked both sides of plate, at 73-75 mph. Loose spin and early break on 11/5 curveball. Straight changeup with avg. fade for strikes.

3/18/17- 5-foot-7, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.59 runner. Weight shift and slight shoulder load, quiet head, line drive swing plane, some stiffness through zone, flashed hard line drive contact to both sides of field, 82 mph exit velocity. Solid fielder, quick release, avg. rhythm playing through, solid actions and skills at second base, 76 mph arm strength across infield. On mound; overhead windup, uncontrolled front leg, occasionally upright on release, short arm action from ¾ slot. Fastball was 74-77 mph with slight running action to plate. Above avg. breaking ball showing tight rotation, depth, with 10/4 shape. Late run and sink on firm changeup for strikes.

5/3/16- 5-foot-6, 150-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.87 runner. Open stance, clean swing path, pull approach, shows good pop in bat for age, 80 mph exit velocity. Solid glove and actions, will improve with additional reps and maturity, low ¾ arm slot with quicker release, 70 mph arm strength. Simple delivery, stays over the rubber with hips, and has good direction to plate. Fastball was 72-74 mph, touching 75 mph, with slight run. Slider shape on breaking ball with small shape and late break. Tends to push changeup with stiff wrist causing flat action.





PBR: Why did you choose the school you did?

Decker: I choose Gustavus-Adolphus because I felt that the school would be a good fit for my future. I felt like their baseball program is on the rise and I felt that I could succeed both academically and athletically.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Decker: I was considering St. Johns, University of Sioux Falls, and Luther.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with him?

Decker: I actually played for one of their new coaches during my time playing with Blizzard baseball. Coach Woitas was one of my favorites growing up and he really got me to check out Gustavus. Coach Baker contacted me separately after watching our team play in the state tournament, so it was cool to see two coaches from their school contact me without knowledge of the other.

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school?

Decker: Yes, I am relieved. I am glad that I can focus in on my high school life while it lasts rather than having to worry about college.

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?

Decker: Being able to drive home on short notice was a big deciding factor for me. I want to be able to make some day trips home to watch my sister play soccer, and I’ll be able to do that at Gustavus. I also heard great things about the school before I was considering it, so that helped persuade me as well.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today?

Decker: My family has gotten me to where I am today. My mother, father, and sister have shaped me into who I am today with their constant love and support.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult?

Decker: I think I expected close to what it actually was. It was difficult to point out a school at the beginning of my visits, but after sitting down and considering what each school had to offer, it turned easier. It was also easier having my family there to talk to.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season?

Decker: Come in and compete for a spot to contribute immediately.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date?

Decker: Going to state last year with our team is my most memorable baseball moment. I think that being with those guys every day made our year as great as it was. Our motto last year was “The Climb,” so it was about the path we took that ultimately got us to our desired destination.

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against?

Decker: I think having to compete against my teammate from high school last year, Tommy Springer, was the hardest competition I’ve had to play with/against. He always brings a competitive nature to the field, even in practice. He never wanted to lose and made me a better player. He’ll have a bright future as Mizzou.