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2019 Community Prospect Projections: Luken Baker

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The promising first baseman looks to do damage in his first full season in the minors

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Luken Baker is not a very experienced player but that’s okay. The 2018 Cardinals draftee hasn’t gotten a ton of playing time yet, but has been pretty impressive in his limited innings.

Splitting his time between the Gulf Coast Cardinals and the Peoria Chiefs, Luken put up a slash line of .319/.386/.460 in 45 games. Coaches were also impressed with his defense and range at first base as he came back from a fractured fibula during his final season at TCU.

What is the ceiling for Baker right now? It’s hard to say. The trade for and possible re-signing of Paul Goldschmidt will play a big factor in his future. Especially since there’s a lot of great infield prospects in the higher levels of the Cardinals farm system (particularly at third base) that will potentially be looking for other positions to get playing time if Goldy stays long-term.

Getting a full season of at-bats will be good for Baker, but the consensus seems to be a matter of when and not if he’ll start moving up withing the organization. I think that if Baker keeps up the pace he got started on in 2018 he won’t spend the entire season in Peoria.

Stats courtesy of milb.com and baseball-reference.com