Apr 26, 2016 1:12 AM by Lee Carrell
Since graduating two years ago, former Chico State pitcher Nick Baker has been having a pretty successful minor league career. He's spent the majority of this season with the Visalia Rawhide, the High-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. However last week he found out that he was heading to Triple-A, without much notice.
"I found out at like 8 o'clock the night before," Baker said. "I was packing up at 8 or 9 o'clock at night and headed to the airport at 4 a.m."
Baker started for Arizona's Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces, as they faced the El Paso Chihuahuas in Texas. He went 3 innings allowing four runs, while facing former big league players, like Jemile Weeks and James Loney.
"It was a great atmosphere. It was like 6,000 people there on a Monday," Baker said. "The stadium's way bigger there, so it had the feel of a major league atmosphere at a Triple-A game."
After the game though, it was back to Visalia. In all Baker's Triple-A experience lasted around 35 hours. However, he knows that regardless of where he steps onto the mound next, he'll give it everything he's got.
"Whatever level you're at, you always wanna go out there and compete," Baker said. "I never feel like you turn off your competitive edge."
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