Luken Baker

Luken Baker

27-Year-Old DHDH
St. Louis Cardinals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Baker was one of the most productive hitters at the Triple-A level in 2023, putting up a blistering .334/.439/.720 batting line with 33 home runs and 98 RBI over just 380 plate appearances with Memphis. He also cut his strikeout rate to 20 percent while upping his walk rate to 15.5 percent. The breakout led to Baker's first big-league action in St. Louis, where he played sporadically and posted just a .627 OPS and 31.3 percent strikeout rate in 99 trips to the dish. Baker did draw walks at a 13.1 percent clip and boasted a 52.7 percent hard-hit rate, so there were some positives. The 27-year-old is a big boy at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds and offers an interesting blend of power and on-base ability. The problem is Baker is stretched defensively even at first base and the Cards look to have at least a few ahead of him in the pecking order at designated hitter. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in June of 2023.
Optioned to Triple-A
DHSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
March 23, 2024
The Cardinals optioned Baker to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Baker was never able to get his bat going this spring, tallying nine hits in 44 at-bats while striking out 13 times. Baker slashed .334/.439/.720 with 33 homers and 98 RBI in Triple-A last season, and if he's able to find his swing again in the minors, he may return to the Cardinals' bench at some point this summer.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+44%
OPS vs RHP
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+44%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .502 42 2 0 3 0 .189 .286 .216
Since 2022vs Right .721 57 7 2 7 0 .224 .333 .388
2024vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Left .502 42 2 0 3 0 .189 .286 .216
2023vs Right .721 57 7 2 7 0 .224 .333 .388
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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+66%
OPS on Road
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+66%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .464 45 3 0 3 0 .171 .244 .220
Since 2022Away .770 54 6 2 7 0 .244 .370 .400
2024Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Home .464 45 3 0 3 0 .171 .244 .220
2023Away .770 54 6 2 7 0 .244 .370 .400
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Tough path to roster spot
DHSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
March 3, 2024
Lynn Worthy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch believes Baker will have a difficult time making St. Louis' Opening Day roster due to the club's veteran signings during the offseason.
ANALYSIS
The 26-year-old was never assured a roster spot after posting a .627 OPS over 33 games in his first taste of the big leagues last season, and the additions of Brandon Crawford and Matt Carpenter during the winter significantly complicate his path. Baker was a force at the Triple-A level last season with 33 homers and a .334/.439/.720 slash line in 84 contests, and he clearly has little left to prove in the minors.
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Too many strikeouts in spring
DHSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
March 14, 2024
Baker has gone 7-for-32 with four RBI, 11 strikeouts and three walks over 16 Grapefruit League games.
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Lifts second homer
DHSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
September 24, 2023
Baker went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Sunday's 12-2 loss to the Padres.
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Gets start in DH role
DHSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
September 20, 2023
Baker will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth Wednesday versus the Brewers.
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Belts first big-league homer
DHSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
August 26, 2023
Baker went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday in a loss to the Phillies.
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Sitting versus lefty
DHSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
August 21, 2023
Baker is absent from the lineup for Monday's game in Pittsburgh, Bally Sports Midwest reports.
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