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Marlins claim catcher John Baker off waivers from Oakland A's

Florida extends Spring Training invitations to 12 players

 

 

 

MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins today announced they claimed catcher John Baker off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. The Marlins also announced they have extended Spring Training invitations to 12 players. The announcements were made by Marlins Executive Vice President and General Manager Admin Beinfest.

Baker, 24, batted .234 with five home runs and 41 RBI in 103 games last season with Triple-A Sacramento in the Athletics organization. In four minor league seasons, he has hit a combined .269 with 28 home runs and 212 RBI. Baker was selected by the A's in the fourth round of the 2002 Draft out of the University of California.

 

Florida agreed to terms and offered Spring Training invitations to outfielders Matthew Cepicky and Mark Little, infielders Lenny Harris, Mickey Lopez and Michael Kinkade, right-handed pitchers Buddy Carlyle and Ryan Rupe, and left-handed pitcher Joshua Stewart. The Club also extended Spring Training invitations to the following organizational players: left-handed pitcher Taylor Tankersley and catchers Brad Davis, Brett Hayes and Ryan Jorgensen.

 

Cepicky, 28, spent last season in the Washington Nationals organization, batting .240 with three RBI in 11 games with Washington and .269 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI in 99 games at Triple-A New Orleans. He has batted .222 with four home runs and 21 RBI in parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with the Nationals and Montreal Expos. Cepicky has hit a combined .284 with 88 home runs and 493 RBI in seven minor league seasons.

 

Little, 33, played in the Marlins organization last season and hit .276 with 18 home runs and 52 RBI in 83 games with Triple-A Albuquerque. He also batted .500 with two home runs and six RBI in two games with the Marlins' Gulf Coast League affiliate. Little has played in parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues, hitting .247 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 148 games. He has batted a combined .285 with 106 home runs and 450 RBI over 12 seasons in the minors.

 

Harris, 41, hit .314 with one home run and 13 RBI in 83 games with the Marlins last season. He set a single-season Club record and finished tied for second in the National League with 19 pinch hits. He owns the Major League record for career pinch hits with 212. Harris has played 18 seasons in the Majors, batting a combined .269 with 37 home runs and 369 RBI.

 

Lopez, 32, batted .286 with six home runs and 42 RBI in 113 games last season with Triple-A Fresno in the San Francisco Giants organization. He appeared in six Major League games and recorded one hit in four at-bats with the Seattle Mariners during the 2004 season. In 11 minor league seasons, he has batted a combined .287 with 61 home runs and 538 RBI.

 

Kinkade, 32, spent last season with Triple-A Buffalo in the Cleveland Indians organization and batted .283 with 16 home runs and 74 RBI in 128 games. He has hit .256 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in parts of six seasons in the Majors, including batting .380 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 37 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002. He last appeared in the Majors in 2003, when he hit .216 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 88 games with the Dodgers. In eight seasons in the minors, Kinkade has batted a combined .329 with 104 home runs and 680 RBI.

 

Carlyle, 27, went 0-0 with an 8.36 ERA in 10 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He went 1-2 with two saves and a 4.88 ERA in 20 games (six starts) with Triple-A Las Vegas, and 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in one start with the Dodgers' Gulf Coast League affiliate. Carlyle has a career mark of 1-3 with a 7.41 ERA in 21 games (seven starts) in the Major Leagues. He is a combined 72-52 with five saves and a 3.85 ERA in 209 games (171 starts) over 10 seasons in the minors.

 

Rupe, 30, went 4-6 with a 6.42 ERA in 23 games (11 starts) last season with Las Vegas. He has appeared in Major League games with Boston and Tampa Bay, going a combined 24-38 with a 5.85 ERA in 89 games (84 starts) over parts of five seasons. He saw his last Major League action in 2003 when he went 1-1 with a 6.30 ERA in four games (one start) with the Red Sox. In six seasons in the minors, Rupe has gone 21-15 with a 3.85 ERA in 68 games (54 starts).

 

Stewart, 27, went 4-4 with a 4.25 ERA last season in 14 games (11 starts) with Triple-A Charlotte in the Chicago White Sox system. He is 1-3 with an 8.10 ERA in eight games (seven starts) in the Majors, including 0-1 with a 15.26 ERA in three games (two starts) with the White Sox in 2004. In seven seasons in the minors, Stewart has gone 42-40 with two saves and a 4.42 ERA in 146 games (122 starts).

 

Tankersley, 22, went a combined 3-7 with a 4.70 ERA last season in 16 starts between the Marlins' Single-A affiliates in Greensboro and Jupiter. He went 2-7 with a 5.18 ERA in 12 starts with Greensboro, then 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts at Jupiter. Tankersley appeared in the Arizona Fall League this year with Grand Canyon and went 2-1 with two saves and a 6.35 ERA in nine games. Selected by the Marlins in the first round (27th overall) of the 2004 Draft out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, he has gone 4-8 with a 4.40 ERA in 22 starts during his professional career.

 

Davis, 22, batted .228 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 64 games last season with Greensboro. Selected by the Marlins in the fifth round of the 2004 Draft out of California State University at San Bernardino, he has hit a combined .255 with five home runs and 38 RBI during his two-year professional career.

 

Hayes, 21, hit .417 with two RBI in three games with the Marlins' Gulf Coast League affiliate and .239 with one home run and 12 RBI in 36 games with Single-A Jamestown last season. He was selected by the Marlins in the compensation round of last year's Draft out of the University of Nevada.

 

Jorgensen, 26, made his Major League debut with the Marlins last season, going hitless in four games. He spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, where he batted .197 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 53 games. In six minor league seasons, Jorgensen has hit a combined .242 with 32 home runs and 182 RBI. He was acquired by the Marlins with pitchers Julian Tavarez, Jose Cueto and Dontrelle Willis from the Cubs for pitchers Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement in March 2002.

 

Additionally, the Marlins signed the following players to minor league contracts: outfielders Chris Ashby, Mike Colangelo, B.J. Garbe and Jimmy Shanks; infielders Marcos Cabral, Juan M. Gonzalez, Frank Moore, Drew Niles and Jason Wood; catcher Jonathan Aceves; right-handed pitchers Brad Clontz, Jerrod Fuell and Andy Torres; and left-handed pitchers Chris George and Andy Van Hekken.

 

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Jorgensen, 26, made his Major League debut with the Marlins last season, going hitless in four games. He spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, where he batted .197 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 53 games. Jorgensen, 26, made his Major League debut with the Marlins last season, going hitless in four games. He spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, where he batted .197 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 53 games.

 

Not too promising for Jorgy. He needs to step it up if he ever hopes to get another chance.

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The catcher actually sounds somewhat interesting.

 

 

Had a real good '04 in the minors in the AA Texas League.

 

Not so much at AAA in '05, but looks like each time he's moved up a level he struggles a little, then the following year he excels. Apparently not a very good catcher defensively, so he'll have to hit.

 

Hey, never know.

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According to rotoworld, Baker has yet to be born.

 

Put up some decent numbers in AA in 2004: .280 BA (.355 OBP), 15 HR, 78 RBI

 

 

That's pretty good for someone his age. They say that youngsters that do very well in high A, AA, and AAA are the ones likely to become big super stars. Let's keep an eye out on this guy.

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