Aaron Baker's reward for a dominant season for a not-so-dominant franchise: a semipro destination.
Following a campaign where the Mustangs' No. 1 pitcher dazzled by crafting a 0.95 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched -- all team bests -- the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League procured his services.
The Sauget, Ill.-based franchise signed Baker on Saturday, and the Avila product will join former Mustang mainstay Spiker Helms, an infielder who played with St. Joseph's summer team from 2010-12.
The Grizzlies have around 1 1/2 months left in the season.
Baker twice claimed MINK pitcher of the week honors in a 6-1 season that featured four starts without an earned run ceded.
He becomes the fourth player to leave the Mustangs for the professional ranks this season, behind MLB draftees Michael Schulze and Grant Fink, and fellow Missouri Western product Kyle Simpson, who left to join the Alexandria Aces, a semipro franchise, last month.