Ball State righty John Baker (Ball State Athletics)

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Midwest Connection: The Legend Of John Baker

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With 71 draftees in program history including eight first-round selections, Ball State has established a track record for churning out professional talent at a rate that’s on par with or better than more visible teams within power five conferences.

The reputation has been particularly well earned on the mound, cresting with the Pirates selecting Bryan Bullington first overall in 2002, and continuing with fellow day one picks Drey Jameson (2019 – Arizona 34th overall) and Kyle Nicolas (2020 – Miami 61st overall). 

Perhaps no Cardinals pitcher, however, will leave Muncie with more individual accolades than current ace and rotation stalwart[…]

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