Blue Jays reportedly acquire pitcher Bryan Baker from the Rockies
According to Robert Murray of The Athletic, the Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly acquired minor league pitcher Bryan Baker from the Colorado Rockies.
The minor league hurler is presumably the player to be named later in the Seunghwan Oh deal that was consummated between the Jays and Rockies a few weeks earlier. The Jays obtained Chad Spanberger, Forrest Wall, and a PTBNL in exchange for the services of Oh just before the non-waiver trade deadline.
Bryan Baker was an 11th round selection in the 2016 amateur draft out of the University of North Florida. The 23-year-old has spent the 2018 campaign pitching out of the bullpen for High-A Lancaster in the California League.
Baker has made 43 relief appearances pitching to the tune of a 4-2 record with a 3.80 earned run average while fanning 58 in 45 innings of work this season. The 6’6″ right-hander has surrendered 19 earned runs including 7 round-trippers in his time with the Jet Hawks.
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Baker owns a career 3.73 earned run average in three seasons of pro ball, however, he had a breakout season in 2017. Last season Baker owned a minuscule 1.66 earned run average in 26 games for the Single-A Asheville Tourists.
Not a bad flyer for the Jays considering they did pretty decent in landing Spanberger and Wall for Oh originally. In 9 games with Lansing, Spanberger is hitting .278/.289/.500 with 10 hits including two home runs in 38 plate appearances for the Lugnuts.
Wall started his Blue Jays career in Double-A New Hampshire where he is hitting .293/.354/.431 with 17 hits, one homer and three stolen bases in 65 plate appearances for the Fisher Cats. Wall slid into the 26th spot on the organizations Top 30 prospect rankings.
We will have to wait and see if any other players are announced going back to the Rockies in this one but on the surface, it would appear that Baker will be the only player involved. A great prospect-laden trade for a team that is 31 games out of first place in the AL East.