Wichita State’s senior class of 2011 will be small. It’s difficult to predict how the draft will alter the roster. So it’s difficult to know what positions the Shockers need to fill with this recruiting class. Fortunately, Shawnee Heights senior Tyler Baker can play almost anywhere.
Baker (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) gave the Shockers an oral commitment late last week. He loves to catch. He plays shortstop for his summer team, the KC Bullets. He can play the outfield, and second base might be his college destination. Baker said he doesn’t care where he plays. Bullets coach Dale Reed plays him at shortstop, because that is what his team needs. “He seems to always want to do the right thing,” Reed said. “He’s a special player and a special kid.” Baker hit .472 with nine home runs for Shawnee Heights and was named All-Class 5A and Topeka’s co-city player of the year as a junior. He is good friends with former Shocker Jordan Cooper, who gave Baker a recruiting pitch for WSU. “I know it’s a good coaching staff, and I’m excited to play there,” Baker said.