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Scott Baker

32-Year-Old Pitcher – Texas Rangers

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Save for three starts in September, Baker has missed the last two years following his April 2012 Tommy John surgery. Before the injury, he had a rising strikeout rate and an outstanding K:BB ratio. No...

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 215   DOB: 9/19/1981   BORN: Shreveport, LA   COLLEGE: Oklahoma State   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Scott Baker Contract Information:

Agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers in March of 2014.

April 7, 2014  –  Scott Baker News

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Baker allowed one run over six innings in a minor league game with Triple-A Round rock on Saturday. He gave up just two hits and posted a 7:1 K:BB ratio in the contest.

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Scott Baker Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 22 A For 7 7 0 45.0 40 12 1 37 6 4 2 0 2.40 1.02
2004 22 AA NEW 10 10 0 70.3 44 19 2 72 13 5 3 0 2.43 0.81
2004 22 AAA ROC 9 9 0 54.3 65 30 3 36 15 1 3 0 4.97 1.47
2005 23 AAA ROC 22 22 0 134.7 123 45 15 107 26 5 8 0 3.01 1.11
2005 23 MAJ MIN 10 9 0 53.7 48 20 5 32 14 3 3 0 3.35 1.16
2006 24 AAA ROC 12 12 0 84.3 77 25 4 68 25 5 4 0 2.67 1.21
2006 24 MAJ MIN 16 16 0 83.3 114 59 17 62 16 5 8 0 6.37 1.56
2007 25 AAA ROC 7 6 0 42.7 34 15 3 41 4 3 2 1 3.16 0.89
2007 25 MAJ MIN 24 23 1 143.7 162 68 15 102 29 9 9 0 4.26 1.33
2008 26 A For 1 1 0 5.0 7 3 0 4 0 1 0 0 5.40 1.40
2008 26 MAJ MIN 28 28 0 172.3 161 66 20 141 42 11 4 0 3.45 1.18
2009 27 A For 1 1 0 7.0 5 1 0 3 1 1 0 0 1.29 0.86
2009 27 MAJ MIN 33 33 1 200.0 190 97 28 162 48 15 9 0 4.37 1.19
2010 28 MAJ MIN 29 29 0 170.3 186 85 23 148 43 12 9 0 0 0 4.49 1.34
2011 29 MAJ MIN 23 21 0 134.7 126 47 15 123 32 8 6 0 0 0 3.14 1.17
2012 30 A+ For 1 1 0 .1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 54.00 20.00
2013 31 A+ Day 2 2 0 6.1 6 2 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 2.84 1.31
2013 31 A Kan 2 6 0 23.1 29 16 4 14 8 1 2 0 0 0 6.17 1.60
2013 31 MAJ CHC 3 3 0 15.0 9 6 3 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 3.60 0.87
2014 32 AAA Rou 4 4 0 26.0 22 8 3 21 6 3 1 0 0 0 2.77 1.08
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Scott Baker
3-Year Averages MAJ   13 12 0 74.8 67 26 9 64 18 4 3 0 0 0 3.13 1.14
Career  (View All) MAJ   166 162 2 973.0 996 448 126 776 228 63 48 0 4.14 1.26

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Scott Baker Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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Scott Baker Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201322224201.200
201134479218514211.267

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201335425102.156
2011204441141814.215

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20139.00002425.001.11
201157.7510571152.341.04

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20136.00004011.500.50
201177.03506621103.741.27
Scott Baker Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 22 A For 7 7 45.0 7.40 1.20 6.17 0.20 75.6% 2.40 2.24 .303
2004 22 AA NEW 10 10 70.3 9.21 1.66 5.54 0.26 69.1% 2.43 2.33 .249
2004 22 AAA ROC 9 9 54.3 5.96 2.48 2.40 0.50 64.9% 4.97 3.64 .346
2005 23 AAA ROC 22 22 134.7 7.15 1.74 4.12 1.00 77.6% 3.01 3.79 .284
2005 23 MAJ MIN 10 9 53.7 5.37 2.35 2.29 0.84 73.7% 3.35 4.03 .265
2006 24 AAA ROC 12 12 84.3 7.26 2.67 2.72 0.43 78.6% 2.67 3.24 .301
2006 24 MAJ MIN 16 16 83.3 6.70 1.73 3.88 1.84 0.63 62.8% 6.37 4.96 .359
2007 25 AAA ROC 7 6 42.7 8.65 0.84 10.25 0.63 65.7% 3.16 2.54 .281
2007 25 MAJ MIN 24 23 143.7 6.39 1.82 3.52 0.94 0.76 69.9% 4.26 3.76 .327
2008 26 A For 1 1 5.0 7.20 0.00 0.00 0.00 57.1% 5.40 1.60 .409
2008 26 MAJ MIN 28 28 172.3 7.36 2.19 3.36 1.04 0.58 74.9% 90.7 MPH 3.45 3.83 .290
2009 27 A For 1 1 7.0 3.86 1.29 3.00 0.00 83.3% 1.29 2.77 .230
2009 27 MAJ MIN 33 33 200.0 7.29 2.16 3.38 1.26 0.70 67.1% 91.2 MPH 4.37 4.14 .287
2010 28 MAJ MIN 29 29 170.3 7.82 2.27 3.44 1.22 0.94 69.9% 91.4 MPH 4.49 4.08 .329
2011 29 MAJ MIN 23 21 134.7 8.22 2.14 3.84 1.00 0.77 77.6% 91.0 MPH 3.14 3.62 .302
2012 30 A+ For 1 1 .1 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 54.00 3.20 .876
2013 31 A+ Day 2 2 6.1 2.95 2.95 1.00 2.95 100% 2.84 7.79 .208
2013 31 A Kan 2 6 23.1 5.45 3.12 1.75 1.56 63.6% 6.17 5.28 .328
2013 31 MAJ CHC 3 3 15.0 3.60 2.40 1.50 1.80 0.46 70% 88.5 MPH 3.60 5.80 .142
2014 32 AAA Rou 4 4 26.0 7.27 2.08 3.50 1.04 80% 2.77 3.89 .266
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Scott Baker
3-Year Averages MAJ   13 12 74.8 7.70 2.16 3.56 1.08 77.6% 3.13 3.77 .283
Career MAJ   166 162 973.0 7.18 2.11 3.40 1.17 70.7% 4.14 4.01 .307

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2014 Stat Review for Scott Baker    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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3.50 K/BB
GOOD
7.27 K/9
AVERAGE
2.08 BB/9
GREAT
0.0 MPH Fastball
TERRIBLE
1.0 HR/9
WEAK
0.00 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.77 ERA
ELITE
1.08 WHIP
GREAT
3.89 FIP
WEAK
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.266 BABIP
LOW
80.0% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Worst Matchups for Scott Baker (by OPS against, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Raul Ibanez ANA 17 8 2 4 2 1 0 .471 .882 1.409
Andy Marte AZ 15 5 3 6 2 2 0 .333 .933 1.322
Aaron Hill AZ 13 6 1 2 0 2 0 .462 .846 1.308
Mark Teixeira NY-A 13 6 1 3 1 2 0 .462 .769 1.303
Prince Fielder TEX 21 8 2 3 4 7 0 .381 .810 1.290
Carl Crawford LA 20 8 1 1 2 4 0 .400 .750 1.205
Erick Aybar ANA 14 7 0 1 4 1 0 .500 .571 1.183
David Ortiz BOS 12 4 2 4 0 0 0 .333 .833 1.167
Miguel Cabrera DET 35 12 3 11 4 9 1 .343 .686 1.086
Nelson Cruz BAL 12 3 2 3 0 5 0 .250 .833 1.083

Best Matchups for Scott Baker (by OPS against, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Dustin Pedroia BOS 15 3 0 0 1 5 1 .200 .200 .450
Franklin Gutierrez SEA 20 4 0 2 1 6 0 .200 .200 .438
David Murphy CLE 16 3 0 3 1 4 0 .188 .188 .423
Alexei Ramirez CHI-A 20 3 0 2 1 4 0 .150 .200 .382
Willie Bloomquist SEA 12 2 0 0 0 4 0 .167 .167 .333
Bobby Abreu NY-N 15 2 0 0 1 7 0 .133 .133 .321
Billy Butler KC 29 3 0 3 2 6 0 .103 .138 .299
B.J. Upton ATL 14 2 0 0 0 5 0 .143 .143 .286
Lyle Overbay MIL 12 1 0 0 1 2 0 .083 .083 .237
Mike Napoli BOS 12 1 0 0 0 4 0 .083 .083 .167

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

Baker agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

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Baker and the Rangers are close to agreeing to a contract, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Baker was granted his release from the Mariners on Monday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

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Baker has likely locked up a spot in the rotation, the Seattle Times reports.

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Baker, who is competing for a rotation spot, threw 75 pitches in a 4.2 innings of a minor-league start Sunday, giving up two runs, five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

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Baker, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April of 2012, said Saturday that he believes he's back to his pre-surgery form, The News Tribune reports.

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Baker agreed to a minor league contract with the Mariners on Wednesday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

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The Cubs are expected to discuss a contract with Baker, the team's official site reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2013

Baker was a sidelined with a sore elbow during spring training and wound up having Tommy John surgery in April, missing the entire 2012 season. Baker appeared poised for a strong 2012 season after he was striking out batters at the best rate of his career (8.5 K/9) in the first half of 2011 before elbow issues sidelined him in the second half of the season. After becoming a free agent, he signed a one-year contract with the Cubs. He will enter spring training with a spot in the rotation, but will be less than a year removed from surgery on Opening Day. Baker's main asset has always been his outstanding control, but that often is slow to return after Tommy John surgery. He could struggle initially as a result, but he is a bounce-back candidate who could benefit from a move to the NL.

2012

Baker was having the best season of his career until elbow problems derailed his year. Baker was striking out batters at the best rate of his career (8.46 K/9IP) and had a 3.01 ERA before the All-Star break. However, he made just four starts in the second half after two stints on the DL. He did return to pitch out of the bullpen in late September, so he should be healthy for the start of spring training. However, it was the second consecutive season cut short due to elbow problems. If healthy, Baker could enter 2012 as Minnesota's top starting pitcher as he has outstanding control and sufficient strikeout rates. He'll need to keep the ball in the park, which he did in 2011 (1.00 HR/9IP), but has been a problem in the past. He's also much better at home and that held up last season as he gave up twice as many home runs on the road.

2011

Baker may never develop into a staff ace, but he was on the way to duplicating his 15-win 2009 season when a balky elbow slowed him in September last season. Baker has outstanding control and sufficient strikeout rates, but struggles to keep the ball in the park. His flyball tendencies became pronounced with the move to Target field as he had a 3.86 ERA in the spacious new park (with eight home runs allowed in 15 games) compared to a 5.14 ERA (and 15 home runs in 14 games) on the road. He made just three starts in September after a sore elbow bothered him most of the second half. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow after the season, but is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. If he can learn to keep the ball in the park, there's still the potential for him to return to the sub-4.00 ERA of his 2008 breakout season.

2010

Baker enters 2010 as Minnesota's No. 1 starter after duplicating his 2008 breakout season. Baker began last season on the DL with a sore shoulder and then struggled the first two months by going 2-6 with a 6.32 ERA in his first nine starts. Once back to full health, he went 13-3 with a 3.67 ERA and 123:38 K:BB ratio in 147.1 innings after June 1. Baker has always had outstanding control along with sufficient strikeout rates, but home runs are his main problem as a flyball pitcher. Keeping his home runs allowed below 1.0 HR/9IP was key to his 2008 breakout season and he gave up just 14 home runs in 24 starts after June 1. As long as he keeps the ball in the park, he could be one of the best starters in the AL.

2009

Baker developed into a top-of-the-rotation starter in 2008, capitalizing on his strong second half in 2007 where he finally appeared to figure out major league hitters. Baker has always had outstanding control along with sufficient strikeout rates, but home runs were a problem initially at the major leagues. He gave up 1.5 HR/9IP in his first 2.5 seasons. That rate fell to 0.7 in the second half of 2007 and, while still a tad high, fell to just 1.07 in 2008. He was a bit unlucky in 2008 in that he had 14 no-decisions in 27 starts. As long as he keeps the ball in the park, he should increase his win totals. However, he won't come as cheap in 2009 as Minnesota's No. 2 starter.

2008

Baker will enter 2008 with a spot in the rotation after it looks like he's finally figured out how to pitch at the major league level and, most importantly, keep the ball in the park. Through his first 2.5 seasons (36 starts), Baker had a 5.33 ERA and allowed 1.5 HR/9IP. Things seemed to click midway through last year as he had a 3.44 ERA and allowed just 0.7 HR/9IP innings after the All-Star break. He even took a perfect game into the ninth inning during a start in August, ending with a one-hit shutout. The turnaround wasn't a fluke as Baker always had strong minor league control numbers with sufficient strikeout rates. He'll be a nice sleeper as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter in 2008.

2007

Baker had a promising 2005 debut and was given multiple chances to win a spot in the Minnesota starting rotation in 2006 but couldn't produce any consistent success. Oddly, Baker had two wins against the Yankees and struggled against almost every other team. His 62:16 K:BB was strong, but was offset by giving up 17 home runs in just 83.1 innings. If he can learn to keep the ball in the park, his minor league control numbers indicate he still could develop into a productive major league starter. He'll compete for the fifth starter role this spring.

2006

Baker, Minnesota's 2003 second-round draft pick, had a strong major league debut last season in nine games with the Twins after a strong showing at Triple-A. He showed outstanding control at both levels with a combined 139/40 K/BB ratio in 188 1/3 innings. Baker should enter the season with a spot in the starting rotation and could produce solid numbers right away given his impressive control.

2005

Baker, Minnesota's 2003 second-round draft pick, had a strong season at Double-A New Britain but struggled when promoted to Triple-A Rochester. He'll likely start the year at Rochester again and if he performs well he could contend for a bullpen job or the fifth starter job this summer.

2004

Baker, Minnesota's 2003 second-round draft pick, went right to low Single-A and had a 2.49 ERA in 50 2/3 innings with an impressive 47:8 K:BB ratio. He was a bit older than his competition, but he could move up quickly in the organization this summer.