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Hutchinson, Baker go early

Staff Report
Wednesday June 05, 2002

The Cal baseball program had two players, senior right-hander Trevor Hutchinson and junior catcher John Baker, selected in the first four rounds of 2002 Major League Amateur Draft on Tuesday. 

Hutchinson, a third team Preseason All-American in Baseball America, was drafted in the third round by the Florida Marlins and was the 83rd pick overall. In 2002, he was 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA, two complete games and had a team-high 94 strikeouts and 117 innings. Hutchinson became Cal’s all-time strikeout leader with 284 strikeouts from 1999-02 and is second on the Bears’ career innings pitched list (370.7). He was the April 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after an April 5 victory over UCLA and was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. 

Hutchinson was a 20th-round pick by the New York Mets in last year’s Amateur Draft but did not sign with the team. His agent is the notorious Scott Boras, who is known for driving hard bargains and encouraging players to hold out. Hutchinson played for the Orleans Cardinals in the Cape Cod League, going 3-3 with a 1.47 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 43 innings. He is the brother of former Stanford pitcher and quarterback Chad Hutchinson, who is currently playing quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. 

Baker, who earned first team All-Pac-10 honors this season, was drafted in the fourth round by the Oakland A’s and was the 128th pick overall. He finished the 2002 campaign batting a team-leading .383 with 12 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 29 RBI, despite missing three weeks with a broken right hand. He also had a Pac-10 leading .516 on-base percentage, and a .456 batting average against Pac-10 competition