CHARLESTON, SC - CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former College of Charleston baseball student-athletes Joey Bergman and Kevin Decker have signed contracts with the respective teams that drafted them and have begun their professional careers in the New York-Penn League, a Class A short-season league.
Bergman, a second baseman from Jacksonville, Fla., was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 33rd round with the 1,009th pick overall. The 2009 Southern Conference Player of the Year was fourth on the team with a .335 batting average and was selected to the 2010 Myrtle Beach Regional All-Tournament Team.
Bergman is currently with the Batavia Muckdogs in the NY-Penn League, batting .350 (7-for-20) with two doubles, a triple and one RBI. He has walked three times and scored twice in six games with the Muckdogs.
Decker, a right-handed starter from Washington, Ind., was taken in the 39th round with 1,167th pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Decker led the team with a 3.78 ERA and was a perfect 8-0 on the bump in 17 appearances. He had 67 strikeouts in 81 innings.
Decker joins Bergman in the NY-Penn League, assigned by the Pirates to the State College Spikes. Decker has made one start this season, tossing three innings during an 8-7 win over Batavia on June 21, but received a no-decision. He allowed two hits and one run, while striking out two and walking one. Decker held the Muckdogs to a .182 batting average in that outing.
Tonight, Saturday, June 26, in Batavia, N.Y., Decker will take the mound for State College in a 7:05 contest with Bergman and the Muckdogs. While Decker and his new team took the victory in his first start on June 21, Bergman had some individual success against his former teammate, roping a triple off Decker in the first inning of the game.