Friday, September 17, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 9/17

Scott Baker, RHP, Minnesota Twins
Drafted 58th overall, 2003 Draft, Oklahoma State
Bats R/Throws R
6'4", 215 lbs

It's a pretty good sign when a player makes it to AAA approximately a year after signing their first professional contract. Baker is no exception. In 2003, he posted a 2.49 ERA and almost a strikeout per inning while walking 1.4 batters per 9 IP in the Midwest League. This year he blew through short stints in the Florida State League and Eastern League before landing in Rochester of the International League. He slowed down significantly once he got to AAA, seeing a drop in his strikeout rate, a jump in his walk rate, and his ERA rose to 4.97. However, that was his first ERA over 3 as a professional, so there should be no panic. It looks like he'll need a year to adjust, but he's a very nice pitching prospect. This is what you hope for when you draft a college pitcher. His composite numbers on the year still look very good, 26 games started, 169.2 IP (6.5IP/GS), 37 BB (1.97/9IP), 145 K (7.7/IP), 3.24 ERA.

ETA should be sometime late next season, or early in 2006. 4 stars

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