Nate Baker, the Pirates' fifth-round draft choice in 2009, pitched eight no-hit innings last night for the Class A West Virginia Power. Baker allowed no walks, but hit a batter. He recorded eight strikeouts.â†µ
The Pirates keep their minor leaguers on a pitch count, and they pulled Baker after he threw 95 pitches. It's disappointing when a guy isn't allowed to try to finish a no-hitter, but the last thing anyone would want is for Baker's elbow to pop in the ninth. The goal of developing prospects has to come first.â†µ
For what it's worth, Baker ranked 25th on my list of the Pirates' top prospects from last weekend.