Not tongue in cheek. Yes there are other relevant stats but some things require a minimal level. I bet you would be hard pressed tô find a position limited player (other than a catcher) who hit .248 or less in AA and stuck all year as a rule 5 selection..
Best I can tell there hás only been one 1B in the last 25 years that was selected in the rule 5 draft and stayed in the majors all year. If one wants tô believe that Baker is the 2nd best 1B in all of baseball in the last 25 years tô be left off of a 40 man roster I guess it is possible. It should be noted he wasnt even selected tô play in the AFL.
It should be noted he wasnt even selected tô play in the AFL.
That isn’t saying much of anything considering the guys sent instead were Gorman, Donovan, Nootbaar and Yepez, three of whom were already on the 40-man and all were either in MLB or on the cusp. The 2021 AFL hitting group was the best I can recall in my two decades of covering the Cardinals in the league.
There may be other reasons to discount Baker coming off his Double-A season, but that isn’t one.