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John Baker

33-Year-Old Catcher – Chicago Cubs

2014 Stats

AVG

.192

HR

0

RBI

15

R

9

SB

0

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 213   DOB: 1/20/1981   BORN: Alameda, CA   COLLEGE: California   DRAFTED: 4th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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John Baker Contract Information:

Signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in December of 2013 that includes an invite to spring training.

August 31, 2014  –  John Baker News

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John Baker Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 23 AA MID 117 499 440 67 123 52 32 5 15 76 1 2 37 95 0 5 17 .280 .355 .477 .832
2004 23 AAA SAC 14 56 49 11 17 3 3 0 0 10 0 0 6 23 0 0 1 .347 .429 .408 .837
2005 24 AAA SAC 104 393 351 43 82 32 24 3 5 42 1 0 31 91 7 0 4 .234 .303 .362 .665
2006 25 AAA SAC 83 340 293 49 80 24 19 1 4 38 6 0 40 77 2 3 2 .273 .361 .386 .747
2007 26 AAA ALB 89 303 270 35 77 23 15 0 8 41 2 0 28 58 0 1 4 .285 .360 .430 .790
2008 27 AAA ALB 59 221 193 35 62 21 14 1 6 31 1 2 24 34 0 2 2 .321 .398 .497 .895
2008 27 MAJ FLA 61 233 197 32 59 19 14 0 5 32 0 0 30 48 1 3 2 .299 .392 .447 .839
2009 28 MAJ FLA 112 423 373 59 101 34 25 0 9 50 0 0 41 89 2 2 5 .271 .349 .410 .759
2010 29 A+ JUP 3 8 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .833
2010 29 MAJ FLA 23 88 78 7 17 4 3 1 0 6 0 0 9 18 0 0 1 .218 .307 .282 .589
2011 30 A+ JUP 12 39 28 8 8 4 2 2 0 1 0 0 10 8 0 0 1 .286 .487 .500 .987
2011 30 AA JAC 3 10 9 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 .111 .200 .222 .422
2011 30 MAJ FLA 16 16 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 .154 .267 .154 .421
2012 31 MAJ SD 63 214 193 17 46 8 8 0 0 14 2 1 20 41 1 0 0 .238 .310 .280 .590
2013 32 AAA TUC 4 16 13 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 .231 .375 .231 .606
2013 32 AAA ALB 40 153 133 14 27 5 1 0 4 17 0 1 18 33 0 2 0 .203 .294 .301 .595
2013 32 MAJ SD 16 46 40 0 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 12 0 0 0 .150 .261 .150 .411
2014 33 MAJ CHC 68 208 182 9 35 7 7 0 0 15 0 0 19 58 3 2 2 .192 .273 .231 .504
3-Year Averages     31 91 82 5 18 2 2 0 0 5 0 0 9 18 0 0 0 .220 .297 .244 .541
Career  (View All)     359 1,228 1,076 124 266 72 57 1 14 120 2 1 127 269 8 7 10 .247 .330 .341 .671

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Games By Position     ▼ Batter Vs. Pitcher

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John Baker Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Sep. 28 @Mil 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .192 .273 .231 .504
Sep. 27 @Mil Did not play.
Sep. 26 @Mil Did not play.
Sep. 24 StL Did not play.
Sep. 23 StL Did not play.
Sep. 22 StL Did not play.
Sep. 21 LAD Did not play.
Sep. 20 LAD 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .196 .274 .235 .509
Sep. 19 LAD 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194 .274 .234 .508
Sep. 18 LAD 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .190 .270 .230 .500
Sep. 17 Cin Did not play.
Sep. 16 Cin Did not play.
Sep. 15 Cin Did not play.
Sep. 14 @Pit 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .194 .276 .235 .511
Sep. 13 @Pit Did not play.
Sep. 12 @Pit Did not play.
Sep. 10 @Tor Did not play.
Sep. 9 @Tor Did not play.
Sep. 8 @Tor Did not play.
Sep. 7 Pit Did not play.
Sep. 6 Pit Did not play.
Sep. 5 Pit 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 .195 .275 .237 .512
Sep. 3 Mil Did not play.
Sep. 2 Mil Did not play.
Sep. 1 Mil Did not play.
Aug. 31 @StL 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .277 .242 .519
Aug. 30 @StL Did not play.
Aug. 30 @StL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .198 .276 .241 .517
Aug. 29 @StL Did not play.
Aug. 28 @Cin 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .203 .282 .247 .529
Last 7 Days 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000 .250
Last 14 Days 13 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 .154 .250 .154 .404
Last 30 Days 26 1 3 0 0 0 2 4 9 0 0 0 1 1 .115 .226 .115 .341

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John Baker: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 55
2013 14
2012 56
2011 1
2010 21
2009 105

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John Baker Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014311060.161.226.461
201360000.167.167.333
2012352030.229.257.582

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20141518090.199.232.512
2013340020.147.147.422
2012158150112.241.285.591

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20148570100.212.282.559
2013190000.105.105.296
2012946062.181.234.501

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014972050.175.186.456
2013210020.190.190.510
20129911080.293.323.675
John Baker Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 23 AA MID 499 440 7.4% 19% 0.39 78% .327 .197
2004 23 AAA SAC 56 49 10.7% 41.1% 0.26 53% .654 .061
2005 24 AAA SAC 393 351 7.9% 23.2% 0.34 74% .302 .128
2006 25 AAA SAC 340 293 11.8% 22.6% 0.52 74% .358 .113
2007 26 AAA ALB 303 270 9.2% 19.1% 0.48 79% .338 .145
2008 27 AAA ALB 221 193 10.9% 15.4% 0.71 82% .366 .176
2008 27 MAJ FLA 233 197 12.9% 20.6% 0.63 76% .375 .148
2009 28 MAJ FLA 423 373 9.7% 21% 0.46 76% .335 .139
2010 29 A+ JUP 8 6 25% 12.5% 2.00 83% .400 .000
2010 29 MAJ FLA 88 78 10.2% 20.5% 0.50 77% .283 .064
2011 30 A+ JUP 39 28 25.6% 20.5% 1.25 71% .400 .214
2011 30 AA JAC 10 9 10% 50% 0.20 44% .250 .111
2011 30 MAJ FLA 16 13 12.5% 18.8% 0.67 77% .200 .000
2012 31 MAJ SD 214 193 9.3% 19.2% 0.49 79% .303 .042
2013 32 AAA TUC 16 13 12.5% 31.3% 0.40 62% .375 .000
2013 32 AAA ALB 153 133 11.8% 21.6% 0.55 75% .240 .098
2013 32 MAJ SD 46 40 13% 26.1% 0.50 70% .214 .000
2014 33 MAJ CHC 208 182 9.1% 27.9% 0.33 68% .282 .039
3-Year Averages     91 82 9.9% 19.8% 0.50 78% .281 .024
Career     1,228 1,076 10.3% 21.9% 0.47 75% .318 .094

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▲ Games By Position

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2014 Stat Review for John Baker    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.192 AVG
TERRIBLE
68% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.282 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.231 SLG
TERRIBLE
.039 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.33 BB/K
WEAK
9.1% BB Rate
GOOD
27.9% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.504 OPS
TERRIBLE
.273 OBP
TERRIBLE

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John Baker: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Baker walked and scored the winning run in the 16th inning Tuesday, but he also became the first Cubs' non-pitcher to earn a win in franchise history.

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Baker had his best offensive day in years Friday, going 3-for-3 with four RBI and a walk.

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Baker will start behind the plate and bat seventh against the Pirates on Sunday.

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Baker is out of the lineup for the second straight game Sunday against the Phillies.

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Baker (throat) is back in the lineup Friday against the Marlins.

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Baker is dealing with a sore throat after he was struck by a foul ball Wednesday night, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

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Baker is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mets.

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Other than the two singles he hit on April 27, Baker is hitless this year.

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Baker went 0-for-4 Saturday and is still looking for his first hit this season.

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Baker had his contract selected by the Cubs on Sunday, MLB.com reports.

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Baker will be the backup catcher for the Cubs this year, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for John Baker.

2013

At 32 years old, Baker has little left to offer fantasy owners. In 2012, he produced a modest bounce back from what was a useless 2011 campaign. If he was in a strict platoon and only faced lefties, he might actually be of some small use to owners as he is a career .274/.353/.388 hitter against southpaws. However, when one takes into account the fact that he'll be playing half his games at Petco Park, it's tough to see how Baker, who makes modest contact and has no power (zero home runs in 2012), will fit into most owners' plans for the 2013 season.

2012

A slow recovery from Tommy John surgery basically scuttled his 2011, and he was mostly limited to DH and pinch-hitting duty even when he did get back onto the field. His numbers in 2009 were decent, but moving to the cavernous Petco Park for half of his games will likely stifle his limited pop. Traded to the Padres, he'll provide solid on-base skills as Nick Hundley's backup if he's now fully recovered.

2011

Baker struggled with a forearm issue all season last year, which eventually required Tommy John surgery in September. The delay in getting diagnosed means he may be limited to pinch-hitting duties when the season begins, and the John Buck signing relegates him to backup duties anyway even when he does get fully healthy. Scratch him off your list of potentially useful endgame catchers.

2010

Baker's excellent walk rate over 61 games in 2008 tumbled to merely OK during the 112 games he played last season, which makes him much less useful from a reality standpoint. In fantasy terms, though, his solid batting average and adequate power makes him one of the better cheap catcher options around.

2009

Just as it started to look like Baker's defense was going to pigeon-hole him as a Triple-A lifer, injuries behind the plate forced the Marlins to give him a chance. He proved to be better than advertised with his glove and exactly as advertised with the bat, and he'll enter spring training as the starting catcher. His batting eye and ability to make solid contact pegs him as an excellent candidate for the No. 2 slot in the batting order, and if he wins that role he'll probably have a bit more value in 5x5 leagues than traditional 4x4.

2006

Thud. That about sums up Baker's 2005 campaign, which he started out playing in the A's organization at a higher level than fellow older prospect Jeremy Brown, but ended with Baker posting a putrid .667 OPS at Triple-A Sacramento. Claimed off waivers by the Marlins, he could win a spot in the majors with a nice spring, but may need another year at Triple-A.

2005

Baker enjoyed a solid season at Double-A Midland, hitting .280/.355/.477, but he did strike out 95 times in just 440 AB. He spent a brief stint at Triple-A Sacramento, which is where he figures to spend the bulk of the 2005 season. Oakland's trade for Jason Kendall clouds his immediate future in the organization.

2004

One of Billy Beane's Moneyball picks from the 2002 amateur draft. Baker slumped badly following a mid-season promotion to Double-A, hitting just .240 and slugging .280 in 43 games. He's behind Jeremy Brown among A's catching prospects.

2003