Next up in our Top 30 prospect countdown, this year's 7th round pick, Abel Baker. Despite what the unceremonious divestment of Mike Napoli might suggest, the Angels seem to be going out of their way to stockpile slugging catchers in their farm system. After a nice debut in Orem, it is safe to say that Abel Baker has the potential to some day get a chance to be bring his big bat to Anaheim only to have to spend his entire existence proving to Scioscia that he can field the position. In other words, you've got company, Hank Conger!
Position: Catcher Level: Rookie (2011 7th round draft pick)
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6'1" Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 21 Born: October 26, 1990
2011 Season Stats: 157 AB, .306 AVG, .406 OBP, .471 SLG, 10 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 33 RBI, 43 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS, .393 BABIP
Bat – B+. Decent hitter for average and has good pop for a catcher. Advanced approach.
Speed – C. It’s decent for a catcher, but it will never be a strong suit.
Arm – A. Baker has an absolute cannon, already looks like one of the best in the system.
Performance – B. Baker was one of the better hitters for Orem and a solid defensive catcher
Projection – An offensive minded everyday catcher.
Comp - Floor: Bobby Wilson. Ceiling: Ramon Hernandez.
Estimated MLB Arrival Date: 2015-2016