Former St. Joseph Mustangs pitcher Aaron Baker recently signed with the Kansas City T-Bones.
The Belton, Mo., native played for the Mustangs in 2012 and 2013, but left his final season to sign a deal with the Independent Gateway Grizzlies. Baker, a right-hander known for trademark beard, went 10-3 for St. Joseph.
He started the 2014 season with the Grizzlies before the Philadelphia Phillies bought his contract. He pitched in three levels for the Phillies last year, ending in High-A Clearwater. Baker went 3-2, but was released at the end of spring training. Between Independent and affiliated ball, Baker posted a 4-2 mark with 54 strikeouts and 13 walks in 52 2/3 innings in 2014.
The T-Bones signed him, but his role is in the air.
"Aaron is a power arm who could be used as a late-inning guy or has the ability to start," T-Bones manager John Massarelli said in a press release.