Then & Now: Drake Baldwin, Missouri State


David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

THEN JULY 26, 2016: Physically advanced at 6-foot, 186-pounds,  Baldwin is a left-handed hitting catcher with a strong sturdy build. Offensively, he hits from an open stance, with a smooth load, short stride, and he maintains strong balance. The ball jumped off the barrel for hard contact and he showed some barrel control. Mostly pull side contact, path works around the ball some with raw bat speed and strength. 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. 4.43 runner down the line. Well above average athlete. Showed easy arm strength, short high ¾ slot, 76 mph out of the crouch. Pop times ranged 2.12-2.31.

 

NOW MAY 5, 2022 MISSOURI STATE: Heading into the 2022 spring season most teams had Baldwin as a likely Day Three pick. He has risen throughout the season and is now projected as a mid-Day Two selection. The 6-foot, 220-pounder has a well-rounded toolset with average arm strength and raw power. He also has a chance to hit for average, while producing 10-12 home runs per season. The only question mark is his receiving. Some say yes, others do not believe he can stick behind the plate. For the season the left handed hitter is slashing .319/.443/.548 with nine home runs and 40 RBI. Even more importantly his K rate is just 13%, walking 32 times against 28 strikeouts in 210 plate appearances. He has also thrown out 8 of 36 (22%) base stealers with just two passed balls this spring.

 

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