After seven seasons in the Minor Leagues, Cody Decker finally received "the call." The San Diego Padres promoted the El Paso Chihuahuas' fan favorite along with three other players to the big leagues, and he made his debut last night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Decker pinch hit with two out in the ninth inning, and popped up to the first baseman to end the inning. Decker's mother, Terri joined the Padres' television broadcast to describe her reaction when she heard the news that her son was a Padre.

With Decker now with the Padres, I expect him to mostly serve as a pinch hitter with the occasional start at first base for the team. He is a free agent at the end of the season, and the Major League call-up does not change his status. Even though he will be able to sign with any team for 2016, it's fitting that Decker gets to enjoy his first taste of big league baseball with manager Pat Murphy. The two have spent part of three Triple-A seasons together, and now they reunite as members of the Padres.