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21 Matt den Dekker LF
Height/Weight: 6-1/209 | Birthdate: 8/10/1987 | Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, FL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Nationals promote OF Matt den Dekker


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) Nationals outfielder Matt den Dekker was recalled from Triple-A on Friday, the team announced.

den Dekker takes the place of Denard Span, who was placed on the DL. den Dekker hit .184 with two home runs and five RBI in 49 at-bats earlier this season.


Nationals start Clint Robinson at first, Matt den Dekker in left


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) For the second straight game, the Nationals will start Clint Robinson at first base and Matt den Dekker in left field on Monday. 

Robinson will be making his 15th start at first base, but just his second in the last seven games. Den Dekker gets his fourth start in left, all since July 7. 


Matt den Dekker hits pinch-hit game-winner for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2015) Nationals pinch hitter Matt den Dekker hit a two-run home run to break an eighth inning tie in Saturday's completion of a suspended game against Los Angeles. 

Den Dekker hit his second home run of the year and first since June 26. 

Two of den Dekker's three career home runs have come in the eighth inning. This was his first pinch hit blast and his first to put his team ahead to stay.


Nationals' Matt den Dekker belts two-run home run on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) A late addition to the lineup on Friday, Nationals outfielder Matt den Dekker came through with his first home run of the season, and second of his career, in the 5-2 win over the Phillies.

den Dekker was inserted into the lineup when Denard Span was scratched with back tightness. His two-run home run in the sixth inning came as little significance to the outcome of the game, as the Nationals were already up 3-1 at the time. 

Still, it was a nice contribution from den Dekker, who had just one hit all season coming into Friday's game, and that one hit came in the previous game. 

"That felt great," den Dekker said, per MLB.com. "I'm glad I could get into the game, help the team out and be part of a win. It's been special watching those starting pitchers go out there and give us the starts they have been giving us. It's carried over into the offense. It gives us a lot of confidence to go out there and play the game."


Nationals recall OF Matt den Dekker


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) The Nationals brought up outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A on Thursday, reports The Washington Post.

den Dekker was called up to replace Ryan Zimmerman, who was placed on the disabled list. den Dekker is 0 for 2 in four games for the Nationals this season.


Nationals option CF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) The Nationals optioned center fielder Matt den Dekker down to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. Den Dekker earned just two at-bats in a span of four games in the majors. He owns a .230/.299/.289 slash line with one home run, 16 RBI in 152 at-bats with the Chiefs.

Nationals add Matt den Dekker as 26th man in doubleheader


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) The Nationals have added outfielder Matt den Dekker to the roster as the team's 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader.

The Nationals were able to get eight innings out of Game 1 starter Jordan Zimmermann, saving the bullpen for Game 2 and setting up long reliever Taylor Jordan as Wednesday's likely starter. den Dekker went 0 for 2 in four appearances with the team during the first week of the season before being optioned to the minors. He has hit .230/.299/.289 with one home run, 16 RBI and seven stolen bases in 152 at-bats with Triple-A Syracuse.


Nationals activate Jayson Werth, option Matt den Dekker


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) The Nationals activated outfielder Jayson Werth from the 15-day disabled list Monday and optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.

Werth missed the first six games of the season while continuing to recover from January shoulder surgery. He went 1 for 6 with three walks and a home run during his rehab assignment with Class A Potomac. Werth is slated to spend this season in left field after spending most of his career in right field.

den Dekker went 0 for 2 in four games off the bench for the Nationals.


Dan Uggla, Xavier Cedeno make Nationals' Opening Day roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Nationals announced the 25-man roster for Opening Day, with infielder Dan Uggla and pitcher Xavier Cedeno earning spots.

Cedeno earns the final spot in the bullpen and will serve as the team's second left-handed reliever. Uggla, who has extensive experience starting for NL East rivals Miami and Atlanta, hit .261/.433/.457 with two home runs in 46 spring at-bats.

Matt den Dekker and Reed Johnson are also set to open the season with the team as reserve outfielders.


Nats trade P Jerry Blevins to Mets for OF Matt den Dekker


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Nationals acquired outfielder Matt den Dekker from the Mets in exchange for pitcher Jerry Blevins, the organization announced on Monday

Den Dekker adds depth to a Nationals position group that could begin the season without both Denard Span and Jayson Werth. In 80 career major-league games, den Dekker has posted a .238/.325/.310 slash line. 

Den Dekker told ESPN that when he was called into the Mets' office he figured he was being sent to the minors. With Washington, he'll have an early shot at playing time. 

Blevins spent just one season with the Nationals in 2014 and went 2-3 with a 4.87 ERA in 57.1 innings pitched.


Mets' Nieuwenhuis, den Dekker competing for roster spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Mets left-handed hitters Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker will be battling for one roster spot this spring, MLB.com reports.

While Nieuwenhuis is out of options, manager Terry Collins indicated that den Dekker has responded to the team's request that he reduce his strikeouts when sent to Triple-A last season.

"We'll just see how it translates this spring into what kind of an offensive player he can be," Collins said of den Dekker. "We know he's got the defensive skills."

Collins said that whichever outfielder shows the most promise will make the initial 25-man roster.

"He plays the game right. He's fearless," Collins said of Nieuwenhuis. "But right now, we've got to get some offense from one of those two guys. Which one of those two guys is going to be able to come off the bench as a pinch-hitter? The best closers in our division are all right-handed, so the left-handed hitter off that bench is going to be a big piece."


Matt den Dekker returns to the lineup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker got the start in left field Monday against the Marlins after missing the previous five games with a hand injury.

den Dekker took a pitch off the left hand Tuesday. He was batting just .154 (2 for 13) in seven games prior to the injury.


Matt den Dekker on verge of returning?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker, who hasn't played since taking a pitch off the left hand Tuesday, could be available Monday against the Marlins, according to ESPN.com.

"It's coming along," den Dekker said Sunday. "The X-rays were negative. I think it's fine."

den Dekker was making semi-regular starts for the Mets prior to the injury, though he was batting just .154 (2 for 13) in his last seven games.


Matt den Dekker to see doctor Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker is scheduled to be evaluated by a doctor Saturday regarding his injured hand, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

"That hand is just not getting much better," manager Terry Collins said. "He can't grip the bat yet. He's having a tough time throwing. We're going to have them take a look at it when the doctor gets here today to reexamine his hand."

den Dekker was hit on the top of his left hand by a pitch Tuesday, and he remains unable to grip a bat.


Daniel Murphy in, Matt den Dekker out Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Nationals, but outfielder Matt den Dekker still remains sidelined.

Murphy was sidelined Friday after taking a pitch to the wrist the previous day. den Dekker continues to deal with left hand soreness.


Matt den Dekker not in the lineup Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker was not in the starting lineup Friday night against the Nations because of soreness in his left hand. Den Dekker was hit by a pitch on Tuesday and hasn't returned since the injury. He is hitting .222/.321/.282 with five stolen bases in 117 at-bats.

Matt den Dekker not ready to return Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker is still dealing with soreness in his left hand and was kept out if the starting lineup for Thursday against Washington, per the New York Daily News. Den Dekker was hit by a pitch on Tuesday and hasn't returned since the injury. He is hitting .222/.321/.282 with five stolen bases in 117 at-bats.

Matt den Dekker out Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker is not in the team's starting lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.

The outfielder was hit by a pitch during Tuesday's game, and had to be removed early. His wrist was still swollen Wednesday, and the club will opt to give him a day of rest. 


X-rays negative on Matt den Dekker's hand


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) X-rays on the injured hand of Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker came back clean, the team announced.

den Dekker was hit by a pitch in Tuesday's game and had to come out early, but it appears he escaped with only a bruise. He went 1 for 2 before departing. den Dekker has hit .222/.321/.282 with five stolen bases in 117 at-bats.


Mets recall Matt den Dekker


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) The Mets recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker after Friday's game.

den Dekker is expected to play regularly in left field after posting big numbers with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .334/.407/.540 with eight home runs, 46 RBI and nine stolen bases in 335 at-bats. He leads the Pacific Coast League in batting average at the time of his promotion.


Report: Mets consider releasing Chris Young


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) The Mets are considering releasing outfielder Chris Young and promoting outfielder Matt den Dekker, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

The team could wait until the roster expands at the beginning of September so that they can carry both players, but the team isn't sure it wants to wait any longer to bring up den Dekker, who leads the Pacific Coast League with a .334 batting average.


Matt den Dekker sent to Las Vegas


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) The Mets optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Las Vegas after Wednesday's game.

Den Dekker spent a little more than two weeks with the Mets after coming up in early June. He is 7 for 45 with two stolen bases in 17 appearances.


Mets recall Matt den Dekker


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/2/2014) With outfielder Juan Lagares going on the DL, the Mets recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas one day after sending him down.

Mets option Matt den Dekker


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/1/2014) The Mets optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Triple A-Las Vegas. He went hitless in four major-league at-bats.

Matt den Dekker recalled from Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) The Mets recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas Sunday after placing outfielder Eric Young on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring injury. den Dekker hit .269 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 47 games for Las Vegas.