Brian Baker Invited to Tampa Bay Spring Training
COLUMBUS - Former Columbus State baseball player Brian Baker has been invited to spring training by the Tampa Bay Rays. Baker, a Columbus native, was four-year standout on the mound for the Cougars from 2002-2005. He was named the MVP of 2002 DII College World Series the same year that CSU won their first National Championship. Baker was a two time All-American that helped the Cougars to College World Series appearances in 2002 and 2004. He was also a three-time All-Peach Belt Conference pitcher.
Baker was signed by Tampa Bay in 2005 after his senior season at CSU. He has spent six seasons with the Rays organization climbing up to the AAA Durham in 2010. Baker was 9-5 with a 3.86 ERA in 37 appearances with the Bulls last season. In 2007, Baker helped lead his hometown Columbus Catfish to a South Atlantic League championship.
Baker will report to Tampa Bay's training camp in Port Charlotte, FL with other pitchers and catchers in February.