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Padres Prospect Interview: Mike Baxter

Portland, OR: Mike Baxter, 25, was selected in the ninth round of the 2005 draft out of Vanderbilt University. Throughout his tenure with the organization Baxter has continually proven that he can hit at each level the team has put him, with last year's first half in San Antonio being the best example of what he can do best, hit for average, draw walks and punch the ball into the gaps.

The versatile Baxter plays regularly at both corner outfield slots and can play center in a pinch. One winter in the Arizona Fall League, he caught as well. If anyone embodies the maxim that they are "playing for the love of the game", its Baxter. Educated at both Columbia University and Vanderbilt, two of the better academic schools in the nation, he has options outside of the game. But the...

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