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Cordova standout Baker inks with Blue Raiders

Brings total signing class to seven

April 16, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Keaton Baker has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Blue Raiders during the spring signing period as announced by head coach Steve Peterson on Friday.

Baker, a senior at Cordova High School in Cordova, Tenn., will join the Blue Raiders for the 2010 season. A four-year letterwinner in baseball, Baker received All-District honors as junior as well as Varsity Baseball MVP and Offensive Player of the Year.

"Keaton is an outstanding athlete. He is a guy we think can be a two-way player, play a position, hit as well as pitch. How his bat develops will tell a lot. His best physical tool is his arm strength. He has a very strong arm and great athletic ability," head coach Steve Peterson said.

As a freshman, he was named Junior Varsity MVP and was the team RBI leader. Baker has also set the single-season record for batting average in a single-season.

Baker is also a three-year letterwinner in football receiving a number of honors including Best of the Preps, All-District, Second Team All-Region, Offensive MVP, Outstanding Offensive Back and Liberty Bowl All-Start game just to name a few.

"He was also a football player in high school so it will be interesting to see how he develops when he puts 100% of his time into being a baseball player. Because he is a very good athlete and I think his future is very bright," Peterson said.

Baker comes from a long line of talented athletes as his grandfather, Charles Daniel, was a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and brother, Nathan, is a pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. His father, Tim and brother, Austin, each played at Christian Brothers University and his father was an All-American.

The Blue Raiders have now inked seven student-athletes for the 2010 season.

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