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Matt den Dekker

OF

Height
6' 1"
CLASS
Sr.
Hometown
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Weight
210 lbs.
Experience
3L
School
Westminster Academy
Major: History

Major: History

 

CAREER: Selected by the New York Mets in the fifth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft with the 152nd choice…Regarded as the top defensive outfielder in school history, he joined Alabama’s Jake Smith as the only players chosen to the SEC Defensive Team three-straight campaigns…Two-time All-SEC pick (second team in 2010, first team in 2008)…Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2007…Only Gator to make All-Regional teams on three occasions (2008 Tallahassee Regional, 2009 & 2010 Gainesville Regionals)…On Florida’s career list, den Dekker ranks third in both at bats (844) and games started (220), fourth in runs scored (220) and strikeouts (157), fifth in games played (234), tied for fifth in hits (262) and stolen bases (65), sixth in hit-by-pitches (26), tied for sixth in RBI (159) and sacrifice flies (12), seventh in home runs (33) and eighth in total bases (406)…Turned in a career batting average of .310 and was at .300 in SEC play.

 

AS A SENIOR (2010): Earned second-team All-South Region, second-team All-SEC and made the league’s Defensive Team for the third year in a row...The Gators’ starting center fielder hit a team-best .352, with a team-high 65 runs and a career-high 49 RBI...Delivered multiple hits in a team-leading 28 games...Had a career-high 13 homers, seven doubles and three tripIes...Was 23-for-30 on the basepaths...Batted .342 with 28 runs, 21 RBI and 14 thefts in SEC play...His career-high 22-game hitting streak was halted on March 14 by Charleston Southern...Named as the CollegeBaseball360.com Primetime Player of the Week for his performance during the sweep of LSU...Turned in one of the most remarkable catches in baseball history with a sprawling grab to start the fourth inning against UCLA at the NCAA College World Series...With his back to the plate, den Dekker sprinted out to the base of the center field wall on a ball hit by the Bruins’ Brett Krill and made a sensational basket catch as he was sliding onto the warning track...Was ranked #1 on SportsCenter’s Top Plays that night...Was 1-for-7 (.143) over the two games in Omaha...Was plunked twice versus Florida State and was 1-for-5 with a run scored against UCLA…Batted.286 (2-for-7) with three walks, two runs and an RBI against Miami (Fla.) in the Super Regional...Set a career high with three free passes in game two...Scored two of the Gators’ four runs and was featured as the No. 2 Top Play on SportsCenter for a diving grab he made in the bottom of the fifth inning...Named to the All-Tournament Team of the NCAA Gainesville Regional after going 6-for-13 (.462) with four runs, four RBI and three multiple-hit games...Went 2-for-5 and scored twice in the championship game against FAU...Led off the fifth inning with a homer and was 2-for-4 with two runs versus Oregon State...Raked a two-run triple in the sixth inning in the win over Bethune-Cookman and stole two bases...The lone Gator chosen to the All-Tourney team of the SEC Tourney, den Dekker led the squad with four RBI, tied for the top spot with three runs and was 4-for-15 (.267) over the four games...Went 1-for-3 and had a run-scoring grounder in the setback to Alabama...Had a single and came across the plate to keep the Orange and Blue alive against Vanderbilt...Walked and scored in the win over Arkansas...Went 2-for-5 and collected three RBI during the Gators’ first-round encounter with LSU.. Delivered a two-run double in the fifth and led off the eighth inning with his 12th round-tripper of the cam­paign...Went 3-for-4 with a two-run jack in the first inning and a double against UNF...Matched then-career high with two free passes in game three against Georgia, when he was 1-for-3 with a run...Launched 10th homer to begin the third moments after robbing Zach Cone of extra bases...Was 1-for-4 with two thefts in the opener...Set a career high with his ninth homer, a two-run job that gave the Ga­tors a 5-3 lead in the fifth against Florida Atlantic...Hit .438 (7-for-16) in the series win at Alabama, with four runs, four RBI and two thefts...Tallied three RBI with a grounder and a two-run shot in the finale...Went 3-for-6 and scored twice on Saturday...Had an RBI single in the opener and was 2-for-5...Paced the Gator offense with a .615 (8-for-13) clip against LSU...Enjoyed a career day in the finale, when he was 5-for-5 with four RBI, four runs and two stolen bases...Jump-started UF’s offense with a two-run homer in the first inning...Contributed RBI singles in the fourth and eighth innings...Went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the third inning of game two...Was 1-for-4 in the opener...Went 4-for-12 (.333) with two multiple-hit outings in the series against Arkansas...Was second on the squad with a .400 (4-for-10) clip in the Bluegrass State and raised his hitting streak to six games versus Kentucky...Had an RBI single in the fourth on Sunday...Started the scoring with an RBI base-hit in the second stanza in game two...Belted his sixth homer of the season in the eighth and was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs in the opener...Batted .364 (4-for-11) with four runs and two RBI in the Vanderbilt series...Went 2-for-4 and scored twice in game two...Snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run jack in the seventh inning of the opener...Finished 2-for-3 and scored twice...Hit .273 (3-for-11) with a team-high four runs at Ole Miss...Went 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored twice in the finale...Belted a solo shot to start the eighth...Drew two walks in game two...Singled and drew a walk in the opener...Drove in a season-high four runs and was 2-for-3 with two walks and an HBP versus FGCU...Moved the Gators in front with a three-run homer in the fourth and added a double in the eighth...Went 3-for-5 and scored twice in the win over Florida State...Led off the meeting with Army with a homer and was 1-for-3 with two walks...Was 3-for-6 (.500) with five runs and three walks over the two wins over Illinois State...Went 2-for-3 and scored twice in game two...Drew his first two walks of the season in the opener and stole two bases...Was 5-for-15 (.333) and scored twice at Miami (Fla.)...Singled in the third to raise his hitting streak to 18 games in the finale and then stole second...Went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in the fifth of game two...Began the weekend by going 2-for-5 and scored a run...Kept hitting streak alive with a two-out, ninth-inning single that scored Jerico Weitzel against FSU... Collected a career-high four hits and was 4-for-6 with two RBI and two stolen bases in the 13-3 victory over Siena...Legged out his first triple of the year in the eighth inning...Chipped in with an RBI single and was 2-for-5 against UCF...Was a team-best 6-for-13 (.462) in the opening series with USF...Notched three multiple-hit outings, scored four runs and collected two RBI...Pulled UF within 6-5 in the ninth inning on Sunday with a two-out, two-run single and was 2-for-5 with a run...Chipped in with two hits on Saturday, including his first double...Scored twice and had two hits in the season opener.

 

AS A JUNIOR (2009): Tabbed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 16th round with the 475th selection of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft… Named to the Preseason Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award and was a second-team Preseason All-American by Baseball America and the NCBWA entering last season...Chosen to the SEC’s All-Defensive Team for the second year in a row...Florida’s starting center fielder had a .296 batting average, 37 RBI, nine doubles and five homers...Led the Gators with 14 hit-by-pitches and seven sacrifice hits and was second behind Avery Barnes with 17 stolen bases...Ranked second in runs (63) and walks (34) and fifth in on-base-percentage (.412)...Batted .257 during SEC play with 28 runs, 14 walks, and was 10-for-10 on the basepaths...Ended the season on a nine-game hitting streak in which he was 10-for-36 (.278) with eight RBI and five runs...Was 2-for-7 (.286) in the NCAA Super Regional and had a hit and an RBI in each outing...Delivered a two-out, run-scoring single in the ninth of the opener...Had a sacrifice fly as part of the four-run third in game two...Earned All-Tourney recognition as an outfielder during the NCAA Gainesville Regional after hitting .308 (4-for-13) with five RBI...Was 2-for-4 and matched his season high with three RBI in the Regional final against No. 17 Miami (Fla.), including a pair of sacrifice flies...Laid down a bunt single that brought across Jonathan Pigott in the third inning on Saturday night...Came through with clutch RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Bethune-Cookman that cut the deficit to 7-6...Had a hit in all three games of the SEC Tournament and was 3-for-11 (.273) with three runs and a couple of walks...Poked a ground-rule double and scored in the second meeting with Arkansas...Matched a career best with two doubles and had hits in his first three at-bats en route to a 3-for-4 night with two runs scored in the 7-4 win over Jacksonville...Was 3-for-9 (.333) in the series at LSU, also reaching base with two walks and a hit-by-pitch...Was 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored in the game-three victory…Was 5-for-14 (.357) against Georgia, with two runs and two RBI…Went 2-for-5 on Sunday and had an RBI single in the eighth and a clutch double in the ninth...Had a bunt single that scored Josh Adams in the fifth on Saturday...Opened the series by going 2-for-4...Led off the game at Florida State by being hit by a pitch and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored...Was 3-for-12 (.250) at Auburn with three runs, three walks and his fifth homer of the season...Set a career-high with four runs scored in the 16-3 romp over UCF...Went 2-for-4 and scored twice in the 12-7 conquest of Bethune-Cookman…Recorded at least one hit in each game of the Vanderbilt series, going 5-for-13 (.385) with five runs and four stolen bases...Saw an end to his 11-game hitting streak, two shy of matching his career high, by going 0-for-2 with a sac bunt in Jacksonville against Florida State...Hit .395 (17-for-43) with 16 runs and six RBI during the stretch...Was 4-for-12 (.333) in the sweep of Alabama and scored five runs...Turned in a 2-for-3 effort in the finale, with three runs and an RBI triple in the fifth inning...Was 3-for-7 (.429) in the home-and-home series with UNF...Went 4-for-13 (.308) with six runs and was 2-for-2 on the basepaths in the sweep of Tennessee...Turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory with a two-run jack in the eighth inning of the opener…Debuted in the leadoff spot at UCF on March 18 and went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in the third inning that started the scoring...Was 1-for-3 and came across with the winning run on Buddy Munroe’s walk-off single to defeat Florida State, 5-4...Had opened the ninth with a base-hit through the left side...Connected on a three-run homer to open the scoring in game one of the Duquesne series and was 2-for-2 in the 10-5 victory...Gave the Gators a 4-0 advantage over Florida Atlantic with his first homer of the year, a three-run blast in the fourth inning...Hit .375 (3-for-8) and scored four runs in the sweep of Eastern Michigan...Was 3-for-5 and scored three times during the finale...Tied a single-game school record by being hit three times in the second meeting with Louisville...Scored three runs and added an RBI double in that outing.

 

AS A SOPHOMORE (2008): Earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll…First-team All-SEC selection in the outfield who was also a member of the league’s inaugural Defensive Team...Started 55 games in center field and had a .333 average with 55 runs, 48 RBI, nine doubles, eight homers and two triples...Drew 29 walks and was 20-for-20 on the basepaths...Batted .351 in SEC play with 25 runs, 24 RBI, 12 steals and 11 walks…Was the lone Gator selected to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament squad after going 3-for-4 with three runs in UF's 17-11 setback to Florida State…Bounced back from 0-for-4 start to the SEC Tournament by going 3-for-4 against South Carolina for a .375 clip...Scored all of the Gators’ runs in the loss to the Gamecocks, matching his career high...Powered the Gators to the sweep of Vanderbilt by hitting .538 (7-for-13) with four runs and three RBI...Went 3-for-5, highlighted by a two-out, two-run single in the eighth when UF was down 11-8...Tied Brandon McArthur with a team-best 6-for-14 (.429) performance at Alabama...Scored two runs, had an RBI, and stole a base...Tied a career-high with three hits in game two...Poked a two-run single with the sacks full in the sixth against Bethune-Cookman...Was 4-for-11 (.364) in the South Carolina series with three runs, two RBI, two walks, and two steals...Went 4-for-11 (.364) against Georgia with three runs, three steals, two walks, and an RBI...Set a career high by swiping three bags in game two...Helped lead the Gators to the game-two victory by reaching base in every plate appearance, going 3-for-3 with two runs, an RBI, and a walk...Drove in seven runs at Kentucky and hit .400 (4-for-10) over the three games...Tied the finale with a two-run shot in the sixth inning and was 2-for-4...Drew two walks and collected two RBI in the 13-7 win...Put the Gators ahead in the opener with a two-run homer in the seventh...Wound up 2-for-3 with three RBI and scored twice...Had 2-for-4 afternoon with an infield RBI single in the 6-1 win over Arkansas...Second on the club with a .375 (3-for-8) clip in the two contests with UNF...Was 3-for-4 in the opener with an RBI double...Drove in four runs with a three-run homer in the second and a triple in the fourth during the 11-10 setback to North Florida on April 2...Matched Cole Figueroa for the top spot against LSU with a .500 (5-for-10) performance...Led the squad with four RBI, including a two-run homer in game two and a solo shot in the opener...Tied career high with three hits and went 3-for-4 in the come-from-behind triumph on Friday...Saw an end to his career-high 13-game hitting streak in which he was 18-for-54 (.333) by going 0-for-3 with a sac fly in game two at Ole Miss...Robbed Auburn slugger Hunter Morris of a homer in the second inning of game one...Went 4-for-13 (.308) versus Brown and totaled four RBI...Keyed the Gators’ win in the rubber game by going 2-for-5 with three runs and three RBI...Plated two runs with a double and had two stolen bases…Batted .500 (5-for-10) clip during the sweep of Campbell...Led the team with six runs and matched Figueroa for the top spot with five RBI...Made collegiate debut as a pitcher in the opener and worked 2.2 innings (5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K)...Went 2-for-3 with a career-high six RBI in his season debut against Eastern Michigan...Cranked his first career grand slam to right field in the second inning...Stroked a two-run single as part of a five-run fifth.

 

AS A FRESHMAN (2007): Selected to the SEC’s All-Freshman Team...Started 42 games in center field and appeared in 56 games...Batted .234 with 37 runs, 25 RBI, 21 walks and seven homers...Was 5-for-7 on the basepaths...Was 20-for-84 (.235) with 21 runs (fourth on the club) in 29 league games and made 23 starts...Entered the SEC Tournament on an eight-game hitting streak in which he was 11-for-29 (.379)...Raised the streak to nine games by going 1-for-5 in the 12-inning setback to South Carolina...Was a bright spot in the regular-season finale against Tennessee, when he went 3-for-4 with a solo homer off the scoreboard and a double...Was 2-for-4 with two runs in game one at LSU, his lone start of the weekend... Turned in two spectacular defensive plays at Florida State on April 18...In the fourth, Jack Rye launched a ball to deep center that the rookie tracked down with a full sprint and a leaping grab against the center-field wall...In the seventh with the Gators clinging to a one-run edge, den Dekker made another sterling catch at the warning catch to rob Ohmed Danesh of potential extra bases with a runner on second and one down...Started twice at Arkansas and was 1-for-4 with three walks, a pair of RBI and a run...Foiled the Hogs’ bid for a shutout in the ninth stanza of game two with an RBI single...Became the first Gator to steal two bases in the same game that season with two thefts in the finale with South Carolina...Went 2-for-4 in the opener...Homered for the second game in a row with a solo shot in the eighth against Florida State and had an RBI fielder’s choice...Socked a solo homer in the 11th to lift the Gators to a 3-2 victory over Georgia to finish a sweep of the Bulldogs...Matched a season high by driving in three runs in the 12-9 slugfest with Auburn...Came through with a leadoff double in the seventh against Army and later scored...Tied the series finale at Texas A&M at 1-1 with a fourth-inning homer...Both of his hits against George Washington were home runs...Roped a bases-clearing triple with two down in the ninth at USF to snap a 5-5 tie and power the Gators to a 10-5 victory...Also contributed a single in the eighth inning and finished the game 2-for-2...Stole two bases in two attempts and drew two free passes against Miami (Fla.)...Homered on the first pitch he saw against Florida A&M on his way to a 2-for-3, three-RBI performance...Poked his first career double and drew two walks in the meeting with the Rattlers.

 

SUMMER: Competed for the USA National Team in the summer of 2008 that was a perfect 24-0 and captured the gold medal at the FISU World Championships in the Czech Republic…Saw action in all 24 games, with 20 starts, and hit .229 with 11 runs and nine RBI…Led the club with five sacrifice hits, tied for the team lead in triples and was tied for third in walks…Chosen to Team USA after batting .370 (10-for-27) during the Trials.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Westminster Academy, where he played for head coaches Rich Hofman and Gregg Mucerino and was a teammate of UF classmate Kevin Chapman…Tabbed as a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American, second-team all-state and first-team all-county selection in 2006…Batted .455 with 34 runs, 20 runs batted in and seven homers during his senior season, when he was the club's co-captain…Turned in a 7-1 ledger on the mound…Westminster finished 18-8 and advanced to the District 14-3A title game…Was chosen first-team all-county by the Miami Herald during his junior campaign after batting .350 with 30 runs, 18 RBI and four homers…The Lions posted a 25-4-1 record.

 

den DEKKER’S CAREER STATISTICS

Overall Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2007

.234

56-42

158

37

37

6

1

7

25

21

35

5-7

2008

.333

55-55

213

55

71

9

2

8

48

29

24

20-20

2009

.296

61-61

226

63

67

9

1

5

37

34

49

17-18

2010

.352

62-62

247

65

87

7

3

13

49

30

49

23-30

CAREER

.310

234-220

844

220

262

31

7

33

159

114

157

65-75

 

SEC Regular-Season Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2007

.235

29-23

85

21

20

2

0

2

11

11

20

3-4

2008

.351

30-30

114

25

40

1

1

5

24

11

12

12-12

2009

.257

29-29

113

28

29

3

1

2

16

14

29

10-10

2010

.342

29-29

114

28

39

2

0

6

21

10

22

14-19

CAREER

.300

117-111

426

102

128

8

2

15

72

46

83

39-45

 

SEC Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2007

.125

3-2

8

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0-1

2008

.375

2-2

8

3

3

1

0

0

0

2

1

0-0

2009

.273

3-3

11

3

3

1

0

0

0

2

4

1-1

2010

.267

4-4

15

3

4

1

0

1

4

1

1

0-0

CAREER

.262

12-11

42

9

11

3

0

1

4

5

7

1-2

 

NCAA Tournament Statistics

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2008

.375

2-2

8

3

3

1

0

0

1

2

3

0-0

2009

.300

5-5

20

2

6

0

0

0

7

1

4

2-2

2010

.333

7-7

27

7

9

0

1

1

5

7

4

2-4

CAREER

.327

14-14

55

12

18

1

1

1

13

10

11

4-6

 

den DEKKER’S CAREER HIGHS

At Bats: 6, 2x, last vs. Alabama (5/8/10)

Runs Scored: 4, 2x, last vs. LSU (5/2/10)

Hits: 5 vs. LSU (5/2/10)

RBI: 6 vs. Eastern Michigan-1 (2/27/08)

Doubles: 2, 2x, last vs. Jacksonville (5/12/09)

Triples: 1, 7x, last vs. Bethune-Cookman (6/4/10)

Home Runs: 1, 33x, last vs. Oregon State (6/5/10)

Walks: 3 vs. Miami (Fla.) (5/6/10)

Stolen Bases: 3 vs. Georgia (4/26/08)

Hit Streak: 22 games (5/16/09-3/14/10)

 

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