John Baker
John Baker
John Baker

CLASS OF 2016

RHP
3B

John
Baker

Ball State
Hartland (HS) • MI
6-2 • 200LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Howell Hawks

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2/7/15
6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect. Quick high ¾ arm action with good use of lower half. Fastball was 85-89 mph with good movement. Cutter is a plus out pitch at 79-83 mph. Changeup showed some sink at 73-75 mph. Good actions with footwork and glove at first base. Threw 84 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.34 60-yard dash. Short stride with strength in his bat in a middle to pull approach. Bat speed registered at  94 mph.

9/14/2014 
6-foot-2, 205 pound prospect. Showed good actions at first base with footwork and glove, solid footwork around the base with good instincts picking the baseball. Ran a 7.41 60. Ran a 4.28 home to first. Wide base with no stride at the plate, has plus strength in his bat, creates good leverage and the ball jumps off his bat. Bat speed registered at 93 mph.

2/15/14 
6-foot-2, 205 pounds with a solid frame.  Registered a 7.73 60 yard dash time.  The right handed hitter starts with a balanced base, and uses small leg kick stride.  Creates plus bat speed (91 mph exit velocity), while generating some occasional pull power.  Needs to continue to work on overall consistency as he develops.  At third base, Baker offers solid arm strength topping out at 80 mph.  Throws through a high 3/4 slot with short arm action.  He also offers some softness in hands.

10/20/13 
Big 6-foot-2, 205-pound sophomore with a good foundation.  On the mound may be his best upside but he can swing it as well  81-84mph fastball.  H3/4 slot with smooth mechanics.  Relatively straight at this point.  Breaking ball has 12/6 bite (65-66mph). Did a nice job keeping arm speed near his fastball on the change (70-71mph).  Developing power arm in the making.  Easy velo.  At the plate has pop in the bat.  Gap-to-gap pop.  Longer arm action in the infield. 80mph across the diamond. Threw the ball accurately.  Made all of the plays. 7.48 runner.

9/23/19:While Nicolas will garner much of the draft attention for the Cardinals,John Bakerwill again be asked to anchor Rich Maloney’s staff in Muncie on Friday nights. The senior right-hander went 7-1 last season, while leading the MAC in ERA (2.14) and Opposing Batting Average (.190) in route to being named an all-conference performer. Baker fills the zone with strikes, utilizing a deep repertoire to keep hitters off balance. He does well to keep his modest 84-86 mph fastball down in the zone and shows enough comfort in both his curveball and changeup to throw either in any count. There’s some funk and deception in the delivery, underscored by a full backstab, but he maintains balance and timing throughout the throwing motion. As a veteran pitcher with a track record for success, Baker could provide value before the 10thround as a senior sign, an improvement from where he went off the board last year (Marlins – 29thRound). (Granger)

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