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Drey Jameson gave Ball State a high-octane top draft prospect on the mound, but Baker is the Cardinals’ best starting pitcher. He pitched the first seven innings of a no-hitter against Ohio in early May . He was 7-3, 2.13 overall with 11.3 strikeouts per nine. His velocity was sometimes down into the high 80s this year after sitting 88-91 mph more normally. His fastball has always been fringy, and his delivery features a head whack and an arm wrap. But it all works. He is really intelligent on the mound. He mixes two breaking balls and a changeup that he’ll throw at any point in the count and he can locate all four pitches.