David Baker, the hot-hitting third baseman for the Minneapolis Ravens, has accomplished a lot to help his team maintain its chokehold on the Lake League this year. But few of those accomplishments compare to his lengthy hit streak, which he has now extended to 30 games after an RBI single in the 7th inning tonight against the Louisville Sluggers.
On the season, Baker is batting .343 to lead the team. He has also contributed a dozen home runs and 38 RBIs, all from the leadoff position in the batting order, where he has been all year.
Baker has been part of a trifecta that includes Gabel Reyes and rookie of the year contender Evandro Cerigo, who bat 1-2-3 in the order and have produced the bulk of the Ravens offense this year.
With Reyes and Cerigo behind him, Baker has only been intentionally walked once all year, and has been issued just 29 free passes all year as pitchers have been wary to pitch around him to face the big bats behind him. This has without a doubt contributed to his solid production at the plate.
A first-round draft pick in the 2009 draft, Baker was named #19 prospect in the league in 2015, after going .301 with 3 homers and 9 RBIs in 18 games of his debut season the year before. His follow up in 2015 was good enough to earn Rookie of the Year honors for the AEL, when the team was still in Jacksonville and in that league.