Laker Could Get Call From Triple-A
Tim Laker (Simi Valley High, Oxnard College) has hit four home runs for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ triple-A affiliate in Durham, N.C.
Invited to spring training as a nonroster player, Laker, 29, has battled back from injuries and is trying to earn a promotion back to the big leagues.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound catcher has played professionally for 11 years, including three seasons as a backup with the Montreal Expos. He finished last season with the Baltimore Orioles and has a .209 lifetime major league average in 287 at-bats.
High Desert catcher Rod Barajas was the California League player of the week after hitting six home runs and driving in 10 runs in six games. Three of the homers came in a 7-3 victory over the JetHawks.