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Prospect in the Derrek Lee Trade

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Prospect in the Derrek Lee Trade

The Baltimore Orioles traded veteran first baseman Derrek Lee to the Pittsburgh Pirates, in exchange for first base prospect Aaron Baker. Here's a report on Baker.

Aaron Baker, 1B: The Pirates drafted Aaron Baker in the 11th round in 2009, from the University of Oklahoma. A 23-year-old left-handed hitter, Baker hit .253/.340/.453 with 18 homers, 52 walks, and 115 strikeouts in 459 at-bats for Low-A West Virginia in 2010. This year, he's hitting .282/.351/.469 with 15 homers, 44 walks, and 92 strikeouts in 386 at-bats for Bradenton in the High-A Florida State League. Baker's best attribute is power, but his other tools are mediocre and he has problems against left-handed pitching, hitting just .224 against them this year, with a more robust .305/.374/.473 mark against right-handers. He lacks speed and is nothing special defensively. He's a Grade C prospect, but if he hits in Double-A he could have a future as a platoon player