Some effort in the delivery; stays compact and has natural 3/4 arm slot; mechanics are clean; decent plane; good extension; body is likely maxed out.
Carolina Mudcats (High A, Indians)
50; 7th inning arm
Lively with explosion; mild movement; command was solid; became loose in 95-96 mph range; also lost movement; shows ability to pound all four quadrants; not afraid to bust fastball up and in.
12-to-6; good tilt; sharp depth; looks harder than actual velocity; able to wrap around RHH; command and control need to be tightened to hit true plus potential.
lags behind FB and CB; tipped it multiple times; not enough fade; fringe pitch; lacks feel; command was decent; control lacking.
Baker tossed 6.0 no hit innings against Frederick before his pitch count alleviated his chance for a no-hitter. He toyed with a cutter/slider, which I was told is still a work-in-progress. It's not even worth grading at this point. I think Baker ends up in the pen, as his CH is far behind the other two pitches and does not show much promise. He has some exertion in his delivery. While not max effort, it makes me believe he will be most useful in the bullpen where his fastball can play up. He has a good one-two punch with the FB and CB.