Middle Infielders

Darren Baker   Darren Baker
Born: 2/11/99
Ht. 6′
Wt. 180
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
Baker was a pleasant surprise in ’22, starting at High-A and finishing at AA with a brief stint in the AFL before he reportedly suffered an injury. Baker actually hit better at AA than A+ (.717 OPS vs. .701), though below the league average at both levels and with little power (.365 SLG). He’s likely to return to Harrisburg to start 2023.
Armando Cruz   Armando Cruz
Born: 1/16/04
Ht. 5’10”
Wt. 160
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
A ’22 “DSL Guy” and the Nats’ big-ticket IFA in ’21, Cruz made it stateside with 52 games in the FCL and a cup of coffee in Low-A (3G). Despite his reputation as a defensive whiz, he committed seven more errors in seven more games from ’21 to ’22. Perhaps worse: He drew three fewer walks. He’ll have to improve on both if he’s to make it Delaware before he turns 20.