Per the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, it’s been confirmed that Jamie Baker has been cut by his MLB organization and will play for the Spirit this year. This is very big and very good news for the bullpen – he was lights out last year for the Pride. Spike, got a more detailed scouting report for us?
"Both Boxford's Jamie Baker and Haverhill's Omar Pena were released by teams in spring training, but it didn't take Baker long to hook up with another team.
The former Masconomet Regional pitcher was signed by the San Diego Padres last September after enjoying a superb season with the Nashua Pride of the Can-Am League, compiling a 3-1 record and a 1.82 ERA, allowing just 21 hits in 34 innings, striking out 31. Opponents batted just .179 against him.
Baker, 23, started off spring training with the Padres in Peoria, Ariz., and threw the ball well at first but, when he developed stiffness in his shoulder, he was released.
"I just needed a little rest, but I guess they didn't want to wait," said Baker. "That was a little bit of a disappointment."
Still, Baker was quickly signed by the North Shore Spirit, where he is expected to be used in relief, the same successful role he played for the Pride."