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Former Gator Matt den Dekker promoted to majors by New York Mets



Former Florida outfielder Matt den Dkker has been called up to the Major Leagues by the New York Mets.

He will be in uniform tongiht when the Mets play the Phillies.

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

den Dekker, who was a fifth-round selection in 2010, 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.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 4:50pm]


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