John Baker

John Baker #24

  • C
  • B/T: L/R
  • 6' 1"/215
  • Age: 34

John Baker MLB Career Stats

.247 14 120 2 .671

John Baker Bio

  • Full Name: John David Baker
  • Born: 1/20/1981 in Alameda, CA
  • Draft: 2002, Oakland Athletics, 4th rd. (128th overall)
  • College: California
  • Debut: July 9, 2008
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MLB Career Stats 1076 124 266 14 120 2 .247 .330 .671
  • Status: Released


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January 30, 2015 at 2:58 PM ET

Baker finalizes Minor League deal with Mariners

The Mariners signed veteran catcher John Baker to a Minor League deal with an invitation to next month's Major League camp Thursday, giving Seattle some needed experience and depth at the backstop position.


John Baker Awards

MLBPAA Marlins Heart and Hustle Award

Year Team League
2009 Florida NL

PCL Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2006 Sacramento PCL
2008 Albuquerque PCL

John Baker Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
May 20, 2015 Tacoma Rainiers released C John Baker.
January 29, 2015 Seattle Mariners signed free agent C John Baker to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
January 29, 2015 C John Baker assigned to Tacoma Rainiers.
December 2, 2014 C John Baker elected free agency.
March 30, 2014 Chicago Cubs selected the contract of C John Baker from Iowa Cubs.
January 22, 2014 C John Baker assigned to Iowa Cubs.
December 18, 2013 Chicago Cubs signed free agent C John Baker to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
October 1, 2013 C John Baker elected free agency.
August 5, 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers sent John Baker outright to Albuquerque Isotopes.
July 18, 2013 Albuquerque Isotopes activated C John Baker from the temporarily inactive list.
July 11, 2013 Albuquerque Isotopes placed C John Baker on the temporarily inactive list.
June 15, 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers claimed John Baker off waivers from San Diego Padres.
June 15, 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers optioned C John Baker to Albuquerque Isotopes.
June 10, 2013 San Diego Padres designated John Baker for assignment.
May 28, 2013 San Diego Padres optioned C John Baker to Tucson Padres.
November 22, 2011 Miami Marlins traded C John Baker to San Diego Padres for LHP Wade LeBlanc.
September 5, 2011 John Baker roster status changed by Florida Marlins.
August 27, 2011 sent C John Baker on a rehab assignment to Jupiter Hammerheads.
May 19, 2011 Jacksonville Suns sent C John Baker on a rehab assignment to New Orleans Zephyrs.
May 14, 2011 John Baker assigned to Jacksonville Suns.
May 10, 2011 sent C John Baker on a rehab assignment to Jupiter Hammerheads.
March 30, 2011 Florida Marlins placed C John Baker on the 60-day disabled list. Recovering from September 2010 Tommy John surgery.
November 5, 2010 Florida Marlins activated C John Baker from the 60-day disabled list.
August 27, 2010 sent C John Baker on a rehab assignment to Jupiter Hammerheads.
June 18, 2010 Florida Marlins transferred C John Baker from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
June 1, 2010 sent C John Baker on a rehab assignment to Jupiter Hammerheads.
May 15, 2010 Florida Marlins placed C John Baker on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 13, 2010. Right flexor muscle strain.

John David Baker Bio Info

John joins the Cubs on a minor league deal with an invite to major league Spring Training after spending all or part of the last six big league seasons with Florida (2008-11) and San Diego (2012-13) … in 291 big league games, he is a .258 hitter (231-for-894) with 50 doubles, 14 home runs and 105 RBI...Prior to the 2010 season, was part of a group of Marlins that traveled to Iraq and Kuwait to visit U.S. troops...Hit .321 (62-for-193) with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2008 and was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team...Named a Pacific Coast League mid-season All-Star with Triple-A Sacramento in 2006...Played for the 2004 Arizona Fall League champion Phoenix, batting .318 in 18 games...Attended the University of California, Berkeley, and was an All-Pac 10 selection as a junior in 2002, hitting a conference-leading .383...Graduated from De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., in 1999.


John began the season with San Diego, appearing in 16 big league games, before being designated for assignment, June 10 … was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers, June 15, and optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque...outrighted, August 5, and elected free agency, October 1...Hit .150 (6-for-40) with two RBI in 16 big league contests with the Padres...Reported to Triple-A Tucson after being designated for assignment, June 10 … went 3-for-13 (.231) with one RBI in four games...Claimed off waivers by the Dodgers, June 15 … appeared in 40 games with Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a .203 batting average (27-for-133) with one double, four home runs and 17 RBI...Went 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored August 11 vs. Tacoma.

2012 Played in 63 games for the Padres, making 52 starts, all behind the played and starts were his most since a career-high 112 games played in 2009 with the Marlins. Was active on an Opening Day roster in 2012 for the first time since 2010. Hit .294 (35-for-119) over a 38-game span from 5/12-8/7. In 30 games on the road, hit .293 (29-for-99)in 2012 while hitting .181 (17-for-94) in 33 games at Petco Park. With runners in scoring position, hit .278 (15-for-54) in 2012...over his final 55 games from 5/12 through the end of the season, hit .298 (14-for-47) with RISP. Collected a season-high three hits and three RBI on 5/15 at WSH. Tossed out five of 54 (9.3 %) of attempted base stealers behind the plate. 2011 Opened the season the 60-day disabled list, spending the majority of the season on the DL while recovering from "Tommy John" surgery...Began a rehab assignment in August, playing in 15 games between Double-A Jacksonville and Single-A Jupiter...Reinstated from the DL on 9/5 and appeared in 16 games before the end of the season, all off the bench...Prior to a pinch-hit walk on 9/5, had not played in the Majors since a pinch-hit appearance on 5/12/10 at CHI. 2010 Made his second consecutive Opening Day roster with Florida. Posted a .218 average with three doubles, one triple and six RBI in limited action ... Hit in eight of his first 10 games of the season, batting .342 (13x38). Hit in a season-best five consecutive games from April 12-16 (.389; 7x18) ... Tallied a season-high three hits on April 7 at New York ... Legged out his first career triple on May 7 at Washington ... Four of his six RBI either tied the game or gave the Marlins the lead ... Placed on the 15-day Disabled List with a strained flexor muscle in his right forearm on May 15, retroactive to May 14. Was on a rehab assignment from June 5-9, where he had two hits in five at-bats for single-A Jupiter, but was returned from rehab after feeling more discomfort. Transferred to the 60-day DL on June 18 and missed the remainder of the season ... Had surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on September 3 by Dr. James Andrews. 2009 In his first full Major League campaign, started 99 games behind the plate while posting a .271 average with nine home runs and 50 RBI...Hit in a career-best 10 straight games from July 20-August 2, batting at a .394 (13x33) clip...Tied a career high with four RBI on September 4 at Washington. Also had four RBI on September 18, 2008 vs. Houston and July 19, 2008 vs. Philadelphia...Recorded a season-best three hits four times; May 3 at Chicago, May 24 vs. Tampa Bay, July 8 at San Francisco and September 4 at Washington...Had five home runs in May, tying him with Chris Iannetta of Colorado for the most May home runs in the National League by a catcher...Led all catchers and ranked fourth in the National League in batting in July with his .362 average (21x58)...Hit considerably better at home then on the road. Owned a .292 average (52x178) at Sun Life Stadium, but hit only .251 (49x195) in games away from home...Boasted a .319 average (30x94) with runners in scoring position. Among catchers, ranked second in the National League (Brian McCann-.336) and fourth in the Majors in that catagory. 2008 Finished 2008 batting .299 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 61 games (54 starts) with Marlins...drew 30 walks while striking out 48 times...his .299 average is second highest batting average among Marlins rookie catchers in club history (Mike Redmond; .331 in 1998)...Collected first Major League hit, July 10 at Los Angeles, a home run off Chan-Ho Park...became 10th Marlin to record a home run for their first ML hit...also doubled in the game, finishing 2x5 with two runs and an RBI...Connected for first career pinch-hit home run, August 20 at San Francisco (off Brian Wilson)...was one of seven PH home runs the club hit on the year...Tallied a career-high four hits in a game two times (Sept. 2 vs. ATL & Sept. 21 vs. PHI)...also collected a career-best four RBI twice (July 19 vs. PHI & Sept. 18 vs. HOU)...Hit in a season best eight consecutive games (Sept. 16-26), batting .438 (14x32) with eight RBI and 10 runs scored...also had two seven-game hit streaks (July 30-Aug. 6 & Aug. 30-Sept. 7)...recorded a hit in 16 of his 19 September starts, leading the club with a .351 average (27x77) and eight doubles, while also recording 12 RBI...Owned catcher's ERA of 4.23 (496.0 IP/233 ER), which ranked 10th in the NL among catchers who caught at least 50 games...Batted at .327 clip (49x150) against right-handed pitchers. 2005 Spent the entire season at Triple-A Sacramento and batted .234 with five home runs and 41 RBI in 103 games...the batting average was the lowest of his professional career as was his .303 on-base percentage...hit .236 (65 for 276) with all five of his home runs against right-handed pitching compared to .229 (16 for 70) against left-handers...his average dropped to .222 (24 for 108) with runners in scoring position, including .183 (11 for 60) with RISP and two outs...batted .237 (40 for 169) with four of his five home runs at home compared to .232 (41 for 177) on the road...had 90 strikeouts which were the fewest of his three full professional seasons...made 102 of his 103 appearances at catcher where he started 94 games...his other appearance came at designated hitter (0 for 4)...threw out 28 of 96 (29.2%) attempted base stealers...committed four errors in 803 total chances for a .995 fielding percentage...hit exclusively in the bottom four spots in the batting order...made his most starts batting eighth where he hit .214 (37 for 173) in 50 games...had his best success hitting ninth, batting .267 (28 for 105) with three of his five home runs in 35 off to a slow start as he hit .151 (8 for 53) in 15 games in April...then hit .281 (27 for 96) in May and .291 (23 for 79) in June for a combined .286 average from May 1 to June 30...was batting .254 at the end of June but then hit .195 (23 for 118) from July 1 until the end of the season...had 21 of his 41 RBI for the season in 25 games in May...including a season high five RBI on May 3 at Tucson...had a season high three hits on May 9 at Las Vegas...also had three hits on June 3 against Tacoma and August 13 against Fresno...had a season best seven-game hitting streak from June 2 to 11 (12 for 29, .414)...went homerless over his first 53 games before connecting for his first round tripper on June 17 against Colorado Springs...hit his other four home runs over a 22-game span from July 15 to August 13...batted .250 (3 for 12) with a double and two RBI in five post-season games for Sacramento. 2004 Spent most of the season at Double-A Midland but was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 13...combined at both stops to hit .287 with 15 home runs and 88 RBI in 131 games, all career highs...the batting average tied for 11th best among all minor league catchers...also combined for career highs in at bats (488), runs (78), hits (140), doubles (35), triples (5), hit by pitches (18) and slugging (.471)...tied for 11th in all of minor league baseball in hit by pitches...his overall batting average broke down to .266 (37 for 139) against left handed pitching and .295 (103 for 349) against right-handers...batted in every spot in the order except leadoff and saw most of his playing time hitting fourth (81 for 292, .277)...was 9 for 20 (.450) with a grand slam and 20 RBI with the bases loaded...appeared in 62 games at catcher, 52 at designated hitter and 17 at first base...hit .280 with 15 home runs and 78 RBI in 117 games at Midland...tied for fourth in the Texas League in doubles (32)...led the Rockhounds in doubles, RBI and total bases (210) and tied for the team lead in home off to a fast start as he hit .329 in 21 games in April...capped the month with his lone two home run game of the season on April 30 against Arkansas...had a season high five RBI on June 15 at Wichita and fell a single short of the cycle...hit .333 (12 for 36) during a season high 10-game hitting streak from June 26 to July 6...had two hits in each of his first four games with Sacramento and went on to bat .347 (17 for 49) with 10 RBI in 14 games with the River Cats...reached base safely via hit or walk in 13 of his 14 games in his Triple-A debut...appeared in three playoff games with Sacramento and was 0 for 5 with two walks and three runs cored...played for the Arizona Fall League Champion Phoenix Desert Dogs following the season and hit .318 (14 for 44) with no home runs and six RBI in 18 games...added seven walks for a .404 on-base percentage. 2003 Combined to hit .286 with seven home runs and 70 RBI in 125 games in his first full professional season at Single-A Kane County and Double-A Midland...his batting average ranked 11th among all minor league catchers...had a career high 61 walks for a career high .382 on-base percentage...also struck out a career high 123 times...his batting average included a .293 (24 for 82) mark against left-handers and .285 (106 for 372) against right-handers...batted .329 with runners in scoring position and two outs...appeared in 102 games at catcher and also batted .296 in 22 games at designated hitter, all at Kane County...hit in every spot in the order except first and second and saw his most playing time hitting third (49 for 171, .287)...began the season at Kane County and hit a team leading .309 in 82 games...hit .258 at home and .349 on the road...hit .341 with runners in scoring position...hit .450 (18 for 40) with 11 RBI during a 10-game hitting streak from April 6 to 18...ended up batting .352 in April, his best one month average in 2003...also hit safely in 10 straight games from May 13 to 23 (16 for 42, .381)...was promoted to Midland on July 6 and hit .240 in 43 games...had a 10-game hitting streak from August 9 to 23 (12 for 37, .324). 2002 Made his professional debut at Vancouver in the short season Single-A Northwest League and hit .235 with a home run and 13 RBI in 39 games...batted .262 (16 for 61) in 20 games in July but then hit .204 (11 for 54) over his final 19 games...tossed out just 3 of 30 (10.0%) attempted base stealers in 18 games at catcher...also hit .262 (16 for 61) in 20 games at designated hitter and was 1 for 1 with a walk as a pinch-hitter.