Jeff Baker – Going into last night, the 25-year-old Baker had played in three straight games, so he's not only starting against lefthanders as initially expected when he was called up on September 7. He's stealing at bats from Ryan Spilborghs, Brad Hawpe, and even Matt Holliday. Like Lind, Baker hits for a good average and provides decent power. In 128 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs this year, he hit .305 with 20 HR and seven steals. He probably won't play more than five games a week, but if you're desperate for power, he's worth a look. Of course, those in keeper leagues should scoop him up, if they have room.
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I like him, but he may not get enough at bats. He coould start in right field against lefties. Other than that , I don't know where he would play. Holliday, Helton, and Atkins rarely get days off. I think it would take an injury to make him worth it.
I think Baker will get decent playing time this season. He can play right field, left field, first base, and third base.
Hurdle has said he wants to rest Helton, Atkins, and Holliday more this year (which I don't agree with - leave those big bats in there if they can play!). Who knows how that will work though, as those guys, particularly Todd, are feisty about being benched in any situation.
If you play in a daily lineup change league and pay close attention, Baker could be a very good addition to your team, as he will get a lot of starts against lefties and as a sub across the board. When he gets PT he will produce.
If you are in a weekly league (like me) he's not much use. He won't beat out Hawpe, Helton, Atkins, etc.
In my keeper league, I am targeting him just in case he breaks into that lineup. If he plays full time, he will easily be good for a .290 average, 25HR and 85+ RBI.