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Padres Scouting Report: Brad Baker

Brad Baker had a slight setback in 2003, but it may have been the best thing to happen to the youngster. After struggling in Mobile where one scout labeled his fastball, "flat and guys were sitting on it," he was sent back down to Lake Elsinore and converted into a closer. Baker flourished in his new role and instantly was placed on the map as a serious candidate for future promotions.

"He initially got here and started a few games for us," Strom broadcaster Sean McCall said. "He came and joined us and Charlie Hough thought it was a good place for Baker to be in a closer's role. I was calling him Trevor during the year. He was a low-key guy who would just chuckle. "He was a first round pick of the Red Sox who was traded in 02 and went to Mobile and going to different...

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