Baker throws goose eggs in season debut with Lynchburg
The 23-year-old pitcher with the Class A Advanced Lynchburg Hillcats threw five hitless innings and struck out a career-high 9 batters in an 8-6 win over the Potomac Nationals.
Baker left the game when he reached his 80-pitch limit after allowing just one walk – to Major League veteran Jayson Werth on a rehab assignment.
He throws his fastball in the mid-90s but has been clocked as high as 97 mph.
Baker, of Juneau-Douglas fame, made only 12 starts last year after missing three months with a broken ankle. He made 27 starts the year before.
This is the fourth professional season for the 2012 fifth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians. He has an 11-10 record and 3.64 ERA in 48 career games.