Whitecaps bash Cubs’ Baker

bakerHitting well off of a major league pitcher is every minor league baseball players dream, even if it happens to be in a rehab start. The West Michigan Whitecaps got to re-habbing Chicago Cubs pitcher Scott Baker early, while he was pitching for the Kane County Cougars. The ‘Caps nabbed Baker for four runs in the bottom of the first inning on four hits. Leading the way with a two-run triple was Jason King, followed by a two-run homer by Lance Durham. Also adding to the onslaught, was Jake Stewart, with his team-leading ninth home run of the season, and added a double to go 2-4 on the day. Jared Reaves was productive also, going 2-3 in the game. He told MLive.com on facing a pro like Baker: “It’s always good to face a big leaguer”, Reaves stated. “But we try to take the same approach. I try to treat it no different than a Single-A guy.” Also pleased is West Michigan’s hitting coach, Scott Dwyer: “A couple of weeks ago, we were struggling to score runs. Most of these guys, it’s their first year of professional baseball. They were tired. But now some of them are getting a second wind.” The win was the last of a Whitecaps four game winning streak, in which they pounded the ball, in which they beat Clinton 13-1 and 3-2, and Kane County 9-1 and 5-2.  Baker, in his defense, is coming off Tommy John surgery, and the goal of a re-hab stint really isn’t to strike out as many minor leaguers as possible, but just to gauge the arm and it’s progress. I’m proud of how the Whitecaps hit off of him, but hope Baker heals and has a successful career with the Cubs.

jakePhotos courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps

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4 Comments

Sheesh, the Cubs can’t even win in the minors.

I’m sure Baker wasn’t throwing his nastiest stuff, either. The rehab starts are basically to gauge the progress of the rehab. I think he’ll be fine!
-Mike

Yes, it’s definitely cool to watch your minor league guys do well against the major league players who are rehabbing. And like you mentioned, the goal of the rehab is the rehab — not necessarily to do whatever it takes to secure a win.

A couple of years ago, one of the Hoppers players hit a home run off Strausburg when he was rehabbing after his Tommy John surgery. For a minor league player working hard to get ahead, you know that kind of performance is a career highlight at this point.

Congratulations to the Whitecaps on the win, and I’m with you in wishing Baker a great recovery!

-greg

http://hoppersfan.mlblogs.com

The Tigers have some guys re-habbing with the ‘Caps now, too. Makes the games a little more interesting!
-Mike

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