Joshua Baez might be the only rising high school senior in the nation who wants to keep it quiet after hitting 97 mph on the radar gun. That's because the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Dexter Southfield standout believes his future will be spent manning centerfield and teeing off on opposing pitchers.
"I'm a better hitter than pitcher," Baez said. "I just pitch for fun. I get up there and throw hard for fun. But I'm a centerfielder everywhere I go."
Baez has spent the early part of June lighting up the radar gun at showcase events in Georgia while representing Beast Mode Prime of the Perfect Game Association. Last weekend, he closed out a win at the PBR Classic at Lakepoint by topping out at 97 mph.
With that performance, the Vanderbilt commit made it clear that he has not wasted his spring resting on his laurels in quarantine. He is continuing to round out his game and make his case for a possible first- or second-round selection in the 2021 MLB Draft.