Nathan Baker was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates went heavy on prep pitchers in the 2009 draft, but Baker was the only college pitcher selected in the top ten, outside of first round supplemental pick Victor Black. While surrounding prep pitchers Zack Dodson (4th round), Zack Von Rosenberg (6th), Trent Stevenson (7th), and Colton Cain (8th) received over-slot deals, Baker signed for $176,000, which was just below slot.
The left hander was the second best pitcher in the Mississippi rotation in 2009, falling only behind 2010 MLB first rounder Drew Pomeranz. He got off to a nice start in his career in 2010, with a 2.99 ERA in 87.1 innings in West Virginia, along with a 6.5 K/9 and a 2.1 BB/9 ratio. Baker was moved up to Bradenton at t...
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