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John Baker | Catcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 213
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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John Baker went 1-for-4 and drove home a run in a losing effort against the Rays on Friday.
Baker's RBI knock off Chris Archer in the fourth inning put the Cubs ahead 2-1, a lead that would hold until the seventh inning when the Rays tied it up. He has struggled in part-time duty this season, slashing .207/.291/.250 with 13 RBI. Aug 8 - 8:34 PM

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John Baker had two hits and two walks in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

The catcher reached base in all four plate appearances, pulling his line up to .200/.280/.229 for the year. He remains a part-time player for the Cubs and not worthy of fantasy ownership.
Jul 6 - 5:51 PM

John Baker had monster day at the plate on Friday, going 3-for-3 and driving home four runs as he led the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Nationals.

Baker got the Cubs on the board with an RBI single in the second inning, then put the game out of reach with a three-run double in the seventh. He also drew a walk, reaching base safely in all four of his plate appearances. Despite the strong day though, he still owns a disappointing .186/.252/.216 slash line on the season.
Jun 27 - 7:25 PM

John Baker (throat) returned to Cubs lineup on Friday, going 0-for-2 with a walk in an extra-inning victory over the Marlins.

Baker was hit in the throat with a foul ball during Wednesday's game which forced him to sit out on Thursday. Look for him to continue to see the bulk of the playing time behind the plate until Welington Castillo returns from the disabled list.
Jun 7 - 4:49 AM

John Baker (throat) is out of Thursday's lineup against the Mets.

Baker was hit in the throat with a foul ball on Wednesday and is dealing with some soreness. It's unclear if he'll be available off the bench. Eli Whiteside will start behind the plate while Luis Valbuena will serve as the emergency catcher.
Jun 5 - 4:34 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of C John Baker from Triple-A Iowa.

Baker will serve as the backup catcher behind Welington Castillo. He beat out Eli Whiteside for the job.
Mar 30 - 4:01 PM

John Baker has won a spot on the Cubs' Opening Day roster.

The Cubs released George Kottaras on Wednesday, so Baker will serve as a backup to Welington Castillo. He ultimately won the gig over Eli Whiteside, who will provide depth at Triple-A
Mar 26 - 2:22 PM

Cubs signed C John Baker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Baker batted just .150/.261/.150 in 46 plate appearances this past summer with the Padres. It's a depth signing for the Cubs, who also have Welington Castillo, George Kottaras and Eli Whiteside at catcher.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 04:34:00 PM

Dodgers claimed C John Baker off waivers from the Padres; optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Baker was designated for assignment by San Diego earlier this week after opening the season with an ugly .150/.261/.150 batting line. He'll serve as depth for LA.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 05:14:00 PM

Padres designated C John Baker for assignment.

The 40-man roster spot was needed with Logan Forsythe coming off the 60-day DL. Baker has batted only .223/.301/.258 over 79 games the last two years for the Padres. He's had some success in the past, though, and some teams might view him as an upgrade to their backup catcher situation.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 07:37:00 PM

Padres optioned C John Baker to Triple-A Tucson.

The move clears a spot for Yasmani Grandal on the active roster. Baker, 31, is batting .150 (6-for-40) with two RBI in 16 games with the Padres this season.
Tue, May 28, 2013 08:42:00 AM

John Baker will be sent to the minors Tuesday to make room for Yasmani Grandal, who will be reinstated from suspension.

When you're slugging more than 60 points less than your body weight, you probably aren't long for the majors. Baker enjoyed a few months in the majors as Nick Hundley's backup thanks to Grandal's poor judgment, but did nothing to lock himself into a long-term bench gig, batting an unsightly .150/.261/.150 in 16 games.
Tue, May 28, 2013 03:18:00 AM

John Baker was a late scratch from Tuesday's Cactus League lineup due to a sore right wrist.

It's not anything to worry about. "During the season, John would be playing," Padres manager Bud Black said. Consider Baker day-to-day.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 07:48:00 PM

Padres avoided arbitration with C John Baker by agreeing to a one-year, $930,000 contract.

He was in his second year of arbitration. Baker batted only .238/.310/.280 without a homer in 2012 but will share time with Nick Hundley in 2013 while Yasmani Grandal serves his suspension.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 01:10:00 PM

John Baker went 3-for-4 with three RBI in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Nationals.

After starting the season 2-for-25 (.080), Baker has caught fire with five hits in his last seven at-bats. He performed well in part-time action before undergoing Tommy John surgery, and should continue contributing against right-handed pitchers going forward.
Wed, May 16, 2012 05:12:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
3Rafael Lopez
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Logan Watkins
SS1Starlin Castro
2Chris Valaika
3B1Luis Valbuena
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Junior Lake
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
7Felix Doubront
8James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Kyuji Fujikawa
8Eric Jokisch
9Blake Parker
10Dan Straily
11Brian Schlitter
12Arodys Vizcaino
13Zach Rosscup