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Liberty Pitcher Baker Taken by Angels in MLB Draft
Liberty pitcher Garret Baker has been selected in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball Draft this afternoon by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Baker, who spent his first season with the Flames this past spring as a junior, becomes the 41st player in Liberty history to be taken in the MLB Draft. With the left-hander's selection, the Flames have had a player taken in every MLB Draft since 2000. He becomes the highest Liberty player to be taken in the entry draft since Keith Bulter was selected in the 10th round of the 2002 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs.
The left-hander earned Big South All-Conference second team honors as a relief pitcher in 2011, helping the Flames to a 35-24 mark. Baker posted a 6-5 record, three saves and a 2.73 ERA in a team-leading 25 appearances. In 66 innings, the Rome, N.Y., native struck out 46 and walked eight batters, for an outstanding 5.75-to-1 strikeout-to- walk ratio. Of Baker's eight walks, five of the free passes were intentional. He ranks 18th nationally in fewest walks allowed per nine innings (1.09 walks/nine).
Baker becomes the second player in Liberty history to be taken by the Angels. In 1989, catcher Jamey Mason was drafted by the team in the 51st round.