He has a big swing which doesn't help his 75 strikeouts, but his OPS now sits at .832 after 4 homers in his last 9 games.

Aaron Baker Can Hit Bombs, But Can He Be The Pirates Next Power Hitter?

The West Virginia Power have a player who has been on a tear recently. His name is Aaron Baker from the state of Texas. Baker fits the state motto well as he carries a big bat for the Power.

He has a big swing at the plate which has produced some generous production for the Power. He currently is tied for third in the SALLY League HR standings, just three off the pace.  We think with some work, he could be a nice addition to Bradenton by the end of the season. But can he climb through the Pirates ranks in time to help the core?

If he continues to improve against left handing pitching (just 20-for-85, but a .506 slugging), especially working on reducing some strikeouts, if his swing could stay entact enough to keep the power but improve contact, we think he has a shot.  The question remains, where will Alvarez be playing by the time Baker could be ready?

Baker is an exciting player to watch both at the plate and in the field.  He can flat out play some defense.  He was also one of the few WV players that seemed to be enjoying themselves on the field. Check out the Aaron Baker picture show.

Aaron Baker has been convicted of murdering baseballs thrown by A ball pitchers.

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Aaron Baker is the West Virginia Powers first baseman.

His hands are powerful. We can't confirm anything on his tongue.

Baker has what every Pirates fan loves, a nice, smooth home run trot.

Baker still has a big arm from his catching days.

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