Baker, Schmidt Garner MVP Honors

Sept. 1, 1999

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson freshmen baseball players Jeff Baker and Jarrod Schmidt were each named MVPs in their respective summer seasons.

Baker, a 6-1, 190 pound shortstop from Gar-Field Senior High in Woodbridge, VA, was named MVP of the IBA Junior World Championships held earlier this summer in Taiwan. He hit .481 (13-for-27) with eight runs scored, four doubles, a homer, 12 RBIs, and three stolen bases in just seven games. Baker, who was a fourth-round selection by the Cleveland Indians and starting shortstop for Team USA, also lined a two-out, two-run single to break an 8-8 tie in the eighth inning of the championship game against Chinese Taipei. Team USA went on to win 10-9 and capture the gold medal.

Schmidt, a 6-1, 208 pound infielder, outfielder, and pitcher from Lassiter High in Marietta, GA, was named MVP of the Connie Mack League World Series held in New Mexico this past summer. Schmidt was a 23rd round pick by the Florida Marlins. Baseball America recently named Schmidt as one of the top power hitters in the nation coming out of high school.