Nathan Baker was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. He spent the last two years in A-ball, playing in high-A during the 2011 season. This year Baker will be making the jump to the Double-A level, starting in the Altoona rotation.
The Pirates sent Baker to the Arizona Fall League over the off-season to give him some experience against upper level hitting. The left-hander had some inconsistent results, putting up a good outing, then following that with a poor outing. He largely struggled with his control and command throughout the process, some of which could have been due to entering the fall league with a career high in innings.
Baker and Altoona pitching coach Jeff Johnson have been working over the off-season and during the spring on preparing for the upcoming jump to Altoona, with a focus on his command.
"There's a big difference between Single-A and Double-A," Baker said. "And I think the main thing is being able to read hitters. I thin...
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