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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Scouting Report, RHP Scott Baker

I saw Baker throw when I went to Target Field in May this year.


Baker is a four-pitch pitcher, with a 90-95 mph fastball (averages 91), a curve (81 mph), slider (84 mph) and solid change (83 mph). His curve-ball has been his best pitch this year. He is a fly-ball pitcher. He gets a lot of swings and misses (> 10% past three years) and 35% swing rate at balls out of the zone. He also gets ahead in the count, with a 66% 1st pitch strike rate. One interesting stat: when he falls behind a hitter 2-0 or 3-0, he has thrown a fastball every time this year.

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