The Candidates: Calvin Medlock, Brian Baker, Brandon Mann. The 26 year-old Medlock has been promoted to Durham but for the Biscuits in May he put up a 3.94 ERA in 16.0 relief innings with 17 strikeouts and only 2 walks. Baker, 26, appeared in 5 games (1 start) for Montgomery and didn't allow a run in 16.0 innings with 20 strikeouts and 4 walks. The 25 year-old Mann had a 2.42 ERA in 26.0 innings but allowed as many walks as he had strikeouts (14).
The Winner: Brian Baker. On the season Baker is 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. He was signed by the Rays as a non-drafted free agent on June 15, 2005, after attending Columbus State University. At CSU he was a two-time Division II All-American and won the Division II National Championship with the Cougars in 2002. In 138 minor league appearances, he's only made two starts, both this season. Baker has never been promoted mid-season, spending all of 2005 with Princeton, 2006 with Hudson Valley, 2007 with Columbus, and 2008 with Vero Beach. If he continues to be effective, the big (6'6", 193 pounds) righthander should end that streak and move up to Durham sometime this summer.