Aaron Baker earns Player of the Week award in Carolina League

Aaron Baker, pictured here taking a lead against Guyer in 2006, has earned Carolina League Player of the Week honors for his play last week. Baker leads the league with 14 home runs. (DRC File Photo)

Throughout the years, Denton ISD has produced some stellar baseball prospects, including former Ryan star Austin Jackson, who visits town this week when the Detroit Tigers play the Texas Rangers.

Aaron Baker, a Denton High standout and ex-Oklahoma Sooner, has been named the Carolina League Player of the Week in for the week of June 18 to June 24.

The first baseman hit three home runs, two doubles and drove in seven RBIs during that stretch.

Baker is the first baseman for the Frederick Keys in Maryland, the high Class A affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles. He was acquired by the Orioles from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a deadline-day trade last summer for Derrek Lee.

Baker leads the league with 14 home runs, is fourth in the league with 48 RBIs and fifth with a slugging percentage of .506. The former Bronco is currently batting .249.

According to Baseball America, Baker is the best power-hitting prospect currently in the Orioles’ organization.

He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball  Draft by the Pirates. Coming out of high school, he was drafted in the 37th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, but instead he opted to play baseball at Oklahoma.

Baker displayed his power when he hit a walk-off home run against Vanderbilt in the 2008 NCAA baseball tournament. The Orioles are hoping Baker can one day repeat the feat at Camden Yards.