What do the Nationals see in Baker?
Maria Torres, Nationals beat writer: The Nationals have watched Baker since he was a junior in high school in 2016, the first year his father managed in Washington. They liked him enough to use their 27th-round selection on him in 2017.
Baker went on to Cal, where he “turned it up a notch” as a senior, said Nationals head of amateur scouting Kris Kline, and used his speed to his advantage. Kline said he would like to see Baker lean in even more and become proficient at drag bunts. Baker is an intelligent player and versatile enough to play center field and second base.
Baker’s legacy in San Francisco
Grant Brisbee, Giants beat writer: It’s not hyperbolic to suggest that Darren Baker is an iconic character in Giants history. Snow played 1,716 major-league games over 16 seasons, and he’ll still be asked about The Save for the rest of his life.
While it would have been fun for the Giants to bring him into their organization, they went pitcher-heavy this draft. It also would have been impolite to draft a human reminder that we’re all getting older and there’s nothing we can do to stop it, so there’s that, too.
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