Tuesday, October 19, 2004

John Baker Report

John Baker, C, Oakland Athletics
Drafted 128th Overall (4th Round), 2002 Draft, California
Bats L/Throws R
23 YO, 6'1", 215 lbs

Jeremy Brown is better known, but Baker is the better prospect. The two shared playing time at catcher and DH this season at AA Midland. Baker hit .280/.355/.477 with 32 doubles, 5 triples, and 15 home runs with 39 walks, and 95 K's in 440 AB. He also got hit by 17 pitches on the season, helping the OBP quite a bit. Also of note is a truly bizarre, sample size induced stat line he put up at the end of the season in Sacramento. .347/.429/.408 with 7 walks, 23 K's, and 2 doubles in 49 AB is unique.

He's an average defensive catcher. And he's a decent prospect. He hits for a little power, gets the ball in play. He even has a little speed since he dropped some weight in the offseason. He's probably going to be a mid-range catcher similar to the Chad Moellers and Damian Millers of the world.

ETA: Late 2005
3 Stars



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