Mets call up former UF standout den Dekker


Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.

Former Florida outfielder Matt den Dekker was called up to the Major Leagues by the New York Mets on Tuesday and will be uniform tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies.

He is the fifth player in head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s tenure at Florida to reach professional baseball’s highest level after left-hander Nick Maronde (2009-11) was called up to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last August, left-hander Steven Rodriguez (2010-12) joined the Los Angeles Dodgers last September and catcher Mike Zunino (2010-12) was brought up by the Seattle Mariners this June and left-hander Kevin Chapman (2007, 09-10) came up to the Houston Astros earlier this month.

den Dekker had recently been playing for the Las Vegas 51s of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, where he batted .296 in 53 games, with 38 RBI, 34 runs, eight doubles, six homers and four triples. Over his last 10 games, the center fielder hit .368 (14-for-38) and had a stretch of four multiple-hit outings in a row from Aug. 19-22.

den Dekker was selected by the Mets in the fifth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft with the 152nd choice.

Besides den Dekker, there are seven other players with UF ties in the Big Leagues: Chapman (Astros), infielder Mark Ellis (Los Angeles Dodgers), right-hander Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles), outfielder Ryan Raburn (Cleveland Indians), Rodriguez (Dodgers), catcher David Ross (Boston Red Sox) and Zunino (Mariners/15-day DL).

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