PBR Success Stories: 2020 LHP Luke Baker
April 27, 2020
Our goal at Prep Baseball Report is to provide athletes with a platform to showcase their talents and be able to play baseball at the next level. One of the biggest events for uncommitted players is the PBR Future Games. The Future Games is an event for uncommitted sophomores and juniors that allows them to represent their home state and showcase themselves in front of over 300 college coaches. Over the last three years, 45 players from the Future Games have gone on to commit to play college baseball.
We wanted to look back at the 2018 Future Games which featured 18 players committing to play college baseball. The players from the 2018 team will be heading into their freshman year of college next year and we wanted to ask them about their time with Prep Baseball Report. Today, we interviewed 2020 LHP Luke Baker about how PBR helped his recruiting journey throughout his high school career.
Luke Baker, a 2020 graduate from Buchholz High School was a participant in our 2018 Prep Baseball Report Future Games. Luke is a left-hander that lives around 84-87 mph and has committed to Mississippi. He is ranked No. 35 in the PBR Florida Class of 2020 rankings and No. 191 in the PBR National Class of 2020 rankings.
How did attending the Future Games and other Prep Baseball Report events help you gain exposure from colleges and how it helped you become recruited by Mississippi?
The Future Games slingshot my recruiting to the next level. It opened up a lot of doors and was one of the events where multiple Ole Miss coaches got to see me play.
What Prep Baseball Report event stands out the most to you?
The Preseason All-State always has a good group of players to compete against before the high school season starts. The Future Games are second to none with exposure, and you get to meet kids from your area you may not have known.
How did Prep Baseball Report work with you trying to get your name on college's radar?
PBR had helped me by getting my name out to coaches through direct contact and social media. Their constant media coverage helps keep any recruiting coordinator updated with the most recent stats/velo.
2/13/19 - Mississippi commit. Extra-large frame, long appendages, 6-foot-6, 215-pounds, left-handed pitcher, projectable build. Works with a short, quick arm action out of a ¾ slot. Tall and fall delivery, leads with hip out of balance point, works on-line, lands square, finishes crossing over. Fastball sat 80-82, touched 84, running action. Curveball, near fastball arm speed, 11/5 shape, depth, 63-64. Changeup, fade action, 68-70
09/23/18- Committed to the University of Mississippi.
08/04/18- Uncommitted, an ultra projectable 6-foot-6, 196 pound left hander, Baker continues to be on the upswing. The frame continues to fill out, while the delivery continues to become more in sync and on time a separation to release. He repeats well and filled up the zone for his three innings. He showed ability to compete, with three average to above average pitches. The fastball worked 85-86 mph early and commanded down to both sides of the plate. Attacked in with the pitch to right handers. Has a feel for both offspeed pitches, the curveball has quality shape at 71-73 mph and showed a feel for an above average changeup at 77 mph. Overall, he continues to make big strides, shows present feel to pitch and overall an extremely high ceiling.
06/23/18- Uncommitted. Currently stands at 6-foot-5, 188 pounds with a tall, lanky, projectable frame. Plenty of room to fill out. One of the biggest standouts on the mound in game action. Creates downhill plane from good extension with release point. Repeats delivery well given the age and size. Generated many late swings with his fastball at 83-87 mph. He shows feels for a curveball with bite at 70-72 mph. The stuff continues to trend upward and is presently above average, given the frame and advanced feel Baker will be an exciting pitcher to follow going forward
06/03/18- Uncommitted. Long and lanky at 6-foot-5, 185-pounds with long arms and legs. Despite his long-limbs, Baker was easily able to repeat a compact, polished delivery. His clean arm delivers out of high ¾ slot and created a downward plane with the fastball at 82-85. Showcasing feel for three pitches, Baker also featured confidence in his changeup at 74-75 with fading action as well as a breaking ball at 66-68. Exhibiting little effort overall, Baker likely has more velocity on the way as he fills out.
01/27/18- Uncommitted. Currently stands at 6-foot-5, 182 pounds on a tall, lanky frame with lots of projection. Smooth, easy actions on mound. Long and loose limbs. Fastball mostly sat in the 79-82 mph range along with a 68-70 mph curveball that displayed 1/7 shape with big sweeping break, flashing late action. Has the chance to be an above average curveball. Mixed in a changeup at 69-72 mph. Looks for big jumps in the coming years as he continues to mature and fill out his frame.
01/21/17- The 6-foot-3, 175-pound left handed pitcher has a lanky frame, with a high waist. Showed a loose, athletic body with a clean, long, loose low ¾ arm action. Fastball ranged from 77-80 mph with very little effort. Can be somewhat short in the backside, causing some deception. The curveball ranged from 64-68 mph with a quality shape and will continue to improve with added strength. Overall, there is big time projection, the arm works well and will make big jumps as he continues to throw and add strength.
11/12/16- The 6-foot-3 175-pounder, he has the frame that scouts look for in a pitcher. Will continue to get stronger and may not be done growing yet. Has a very easy pitching motion, fastball ranges from 77-80 mph. A jump in velocity likely to happen soon. Showcased a feel for the zone with fastball, off speed was a little erratic. Curveball sat 65-66 with small 1-7 break, backed up at times. Changeup 68-69 mph has the makings of a good pitch when thrown with better arm speed. High ceiling lefty
- PBR Success Stories: 2020 LHP Luke Baker - Apr 27, 2020
- PDQ Player of the Week: Luke Baker - Mar 12, 2019
- FL Preseason All-State: 2nd Team All-State - Feb 15, 2019
- FL Preseason All-State: Pitcher Analysis - Feb 13, 2019
- FL Preseason All-State Spotlight: Luke Baker - Dec 8, 2018
- Top 20 Player Profiles of 2018: No. 19 Luke Baker - Dec 6, 2018
- Q&A: 2020 LHP Luke Baker - Oct 31, 2018
- 2018 Future Games: Team Florida Pitcher Only Breakdown - Aug 20, 2018
- 2018 Future Games: Team Florida Game 1 & 2 Quick Hits - Aug 3, 2018
- Future Games Cheat Sheet - Jul 26, 2018
- 2018 PBR Future Games Team Florida Spotlight: 2020 LHP Luke Baker - Jul 24, 2018
- Top Pitchers Coming To Future Games - Jul 18, 2018
- FL Limited Series: 25 Uncommitted Standouts - Jul 12, 2018
- 2018 PBR FL Underclass Games: Top 20 Standouts - Jul 11, 2018
- 2018 PBR FL Underclass Games: Pitcher Breakdown - Jul 10, 2018
- 2018 PBR FL Underclass Games Quick Hits - Jun 28, 2018
- 2018 Florida Underclass Games: Statistical Breakdown - Jun 25, 2018
- 2018 Florida Underclass Games Spotlight: 2020 LHP Luke Baker - Jun 13, 2018
- Day 3: Florida Limited Series - Jun 6, 2018
- FL Preseason All-State Pitcher Breakdown - Feb 12, 2018
- Preseason All State Spotlight 2020 LHP Luke Baker - Jan 19, 2018
- Preseason All State: Pitcher-Only Breakdown - Feb 8, 2017
- Preseason All-State Event Preview - Jan 19, 2017
- Preseason All-State Preview: Luke Baker - Dec 13, 2016
- North Florida Open Breakdown - Nov 17, 2016
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