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Padres Scouting Report: Baker and Biernbaum

Padres Scouting Report: Baker and Biernbaum

Sometimes two players seem to mirror each other in their development. It comes from playing together and when one gets into a funk, the other one follows shortly thereafter. Such was the case in Fort Wayne, a San Diego Padres affiliate. LJ Biernbaum and Steve Baker wore down as the 2003 season winded to an end. And according to a scout, that caused them to try too hard to make things happen and lose patience at the plate.

Both are 6-3, 200 pounds. One bats lefty and the other a righty, but their careers are being lumped together – and it is not refreshing. "Steve Baker and LJ Biernbaum I would put in the same category," said the Padres scout. "I think they wore down a lot as the season went on. I am not sure if there command of the strike zone is as good as it could have been. "There really is never a...

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