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2009 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper: John Baker

Todd FarinoCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2009

Team: Florida Marlins

Bats: Left

Position: C

John Baker will enter this season as the Florida Marlins' starting catcher. In 2008, at 27 years old, he made his major league debut. In 197 at-bats, he batted .299 with 5 HR.

Baker has a great compact swing, and by hugging the plate, he will be able to extend his bat and get plenty of extra-base hits (which accounted for 19 of his 59 knocks last season).

He has average speed, but running isn't really expected of him. He has solid power, but he should hit more for average and RBI than anything else.

Still, if you need a fantasy catcher late, John Baker is a guy to grab.

Prediction: .286 average, 14 HR, 61 RBI, 57 R, 3 SB.


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