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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #100: June 08, 2023, 04:07:27 PM »
well, for one thing, Lombardozzi is 35 now.



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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #101: June 08, 2023, 05:05:47 PM »
Apparently he is not that good defensively and cannot okay SS/3B at all.  And does not hot for power. Hard to see a long term spot for him on an MLB roster. After trying OF is a good move.

I think you are reading the Fangraphs bit:

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He is already a mixed bag at second base, with below-average hands, arm strength, and slow-twitch athleticism, relying on his elegant body control and predictably great on-field awareness to succeed. Baker will make some highlight reel plays because of his effort and acrobatic flare, but he’s an average overall defender.

I though it was a bit woodly, which is what I translated as "mumbo-jumbo". We've all seen his dazzling plays, like that behind-the-back snare, so the "expert" had to find a way smudge over Baker's "elegant body control", "great on-field awareness", "effort", and "acrobatic flare".

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #102: June 08, 2023, 05:17:44 PM »
I think you will see that more with a universal DH. No more bench bats that only pinch hit. Teama can use the DH to rest guys and rotate out different defenders

That is how the Yankees organized themselves to win the 2009 World Series. Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui were both good hitters, but both were 35. Matsui's legs began to go. Whoever was tired or limping got shifted to DH. Poor old Cruz is a counter-example, a reason not to sign a big, slow guy who cannot play the field.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #103: June 09, 2023, 01:43:15 AM »
Although not perfect there are metrics nowadays to measure overall defense. Generally a mistake to make judgments based on highlight reel plays. A highlight reel play for him might be more of a routine play for a guy more athletic.

I’m all for giving him a chance. But where does he play. I suppose if Garcia struggles he could get 2B. The only viable OF spot seems CF but it’s unlikely he excels enough to be any everyday CF.

Good organization filler and seems like a guy who could fill in at 2B with an injury.  Let’s see if he can continue to hit this year and see what happens at 2024 spring training.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #104: June 09, 2023, 09:58:05 AM »
That is how the Yankees organized themselves to win the 2009 World Series. Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui were both good hitters, but both were 35. Matsui's legs began to go. Whoever was tired or limping got shifted to DH. Poor old Cruz is a counter-example, a reason not to sign a big, slow guy who cannot play the field.


I completely changed my opinion on the DH once I saw what the Yankees were doing (for quite a long time) with the DH position. It should be used as a rotation point to give fielders a break.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #105: June 17, 2023, 06:21:41 PM »
Now the Nats' #29 prospect on mlb.com

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #106: June 29, 2023, 01:23:49 PM »
now rehabbing with the FCL Nats

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #107: July 02, 2023, 08:36:55 AM »
Now at wilmington

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #108: July 02, 2023, 09:14:09 AM »
Now at wilmington
Why is he going backwards?

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #109: July 02, 2023, 09:23:19 AM »
Why is he going backwards?

Injury rehab.


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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #111: July 08, 2023, 12:07:27 AM »
back in Rochester

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #112: August 14, 2023, 09:49:43 PM »
Now #25 on the latest MLB pipeline

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #113: September 09, 2023, 03:47:14 PM »
Should have gotten the call rather than Garcia:

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.@DarrenBaker_2 went 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Friday’s win.

Over his last three games, Baker is 7-for-15 (.467) with two RBI, three stolen bases and two runs scored

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #114: September 09, 2023, 03:52:04 PM »
Garcia is blocking Baker, who might be recovering from his injury. We can see if Garcia has recovered from his laziness.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #115: September 10, 2023, 11:36:11 PM »
4-6 tonight

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #116: September 11, 2023, 08:55:35 AM »
4-6 tonight
Lost track. Where is he now?

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #118: September 11, 2023, 11:42:20 AM »
He returned to Rochester from injury on July 26.

August: .208 / .273 / .287
September: .412 / .429 / .441 (8 games, 34 ABs), 4SBs in his last 5 games after stealing just 4 in all of August.

batting .541 in his last 5 games.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #119: September 11, 2023, 01:54:57 PM »
.029 ISO? If you are fast, shouldn't you be running into more doubles and triples even if HRs are a bridge too far? jk

But seriously, he's always run a high BABIP, so the speed / contact has always been there. The sub .100 ISO also is normal, but the BBs are average and so the OBP is respectable. I have a bias towards high OBP, so I'm hoping 2nd base next year is a competition and not a coronation like it was this year.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #120: September 11, 2023, 02:49:03 PM »
.029 ISO? If you are fast, shouldn't you be running into more doubles and triples even if HRs are a bridge too far? jk

But seriously, he's always run a high BABIP, so the speed / contact has always been there. The sub .100 ISO also is normal, but the BBs are average and so the OBP is respectable. I have a bias towards high OBP, so I'm hoping 2nd base next year is a competition and not a coronation like it was this year.
So, Ben Revere?

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #121: September 11, 2023, 02:58:04 PM »
I guess his rep is not being particularly fast. MLB average. That said he had a big jump in steals this year, maybe with the rule changes.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #122: September 11, 2023, 04:20:21 PM »
Luis Garcia is blocking Baker, the better player.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #123: September 11, 2023, 05:28:56 PM »
Luis Garcia is blocking Baker, the better player.
that's what I mean by no coronations next spring. It should be an open competition among Alu, Garcia, and Baker, at least, and maybe even give Lipscomb a look too. Whoever looks the most capable of contributing at the MLB level should get the job.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Darren Baker, 2B
« Reply #124: September 12, 2023, 08:57:42 AM »
Luis Garcia is blocking Baker, the better player.

Garcia has a. .870 OPS in Triple A. Baker is OPSing .711.  Im not sure how you can declare Baker the better player