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Luken Baker

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Luken Baker
Name: Luken Grosvenor Baker
Born: Mar 10, 1997 in Spring, TX
High School: Oak Ridge HS, Conroe, Texas
College: Texas Christian
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 265 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the supplemental 2nd round (75th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018 (signed for $800,000)
A two-way star in high school who ranked No. 58 on the BA 500 in 2016, Baker has lived up to lofty expectations at TCU, when healthy. His career has been marred by a number of freak injuries, however. Baker's sophomore season ended early when he injured his arm and elbow in a collision at first base and he need surgery to repair his elbow. As a junior, he missed a couple of games after he took a bad hop off his eye, then saw his season end prematurely when he broke his left fibula sliding into second base. Baker began his TCU career as a two-way star with a low-to-mid-90s fastball, but he gave up pitching as a sophomore. His best position is designated hitter, but he can play a below-average first base as well. The 6-foot-4, 265 pounder doesn't move well enough to be an outfielder. And that makes it tough to project him as a pro. He's best suited for an American League team because of his defensive limitations. Baker has been productive, but his 11 home runs as a freshman remain his season high and because of his injuries he has no real track record of hitting with wood bats. Righthanded-hitting first baseman have to put up massive stats in college to go high in the draft. A team looking for power could take him in the second or third round, but some scouts wouldn't be surprised if Baker returned to TCU to try to get healthy and put up bigger numbers.
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