Height/Weight: 6’3”/215 lbs
College: Western Nevada CC
Arguably the top junior college draft prospect, Baker, an Alaska native, continues to post video game-like numbers and vault up the draft boards. While he offers the same type of upside as the big three in the 2012 class (Kevin Gausman, Mark Appel and Kyle Zimmer), Baker has repeatedly flown under the radar due to his lack of previous success.
This season, the right-hander has shown vast improvement in all his pitches and has seen a major velocity spike that has his plus fastball up to 93-97 mph. Baker also has two different breaking balls, both with plus potential. His mid-to-upper-80s wipeout slider is a swing-and-miss offering, and his curveball is more of the downer variety.
Although his fastball/breaking ball pairing warrants consideration as a relief pitcher, there are many scouts who still believe that can be a starting pitcher.
Assuming he’s drafted as a starting pitcher, Baker’s enormous upside, work ethic and arsenal of pitches gives him a chance to make his big-league debut by the end of 2015.