Former Cal Standout John Baker on Oakland A's 40-Man Roster

Dec. 9, 2004

OAKLAND, CA - Former University of California baseball standout, John Baker, has been placed on the Oakland A's 40-man roster. Baker, from Walnut Creek and a catcher for the Bears from 2000-02, recently concluded a season in the Arizona Fall League, playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs and helping his team to the 2004 Arizona Fall League title.

Phoenix defeated the Scottsdale Scorpions, 6-2, on Nov. 21 to win the league title. Baker finished the fall batting .318 (14-for-44) with five doubles, a triple and six RBI in 18 games.

Baker was a fourth round draft pick of the Oakland A's in 2002 and ended this past summer playing for Oakland's Triple A affiliate Sacramento Rivercats, catching 12 games and batting .347 (17-for-49) with three doubles, and 10 RBI. He also played 117 games for the Double A Midland (Texas) Rockhounds, batting .280 (123-for-440) with 32 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs and 78 RBI.

Baker was a member of the Bears' 2001 NCAA Regional team under head coach David Esquer and pitching coach Dan Hubbs.

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