A new Bobcat will be joining the pack this year.
Former Ole Miss athlete Cael Baker announced that he will be donning the green and white for his final season in a post on Instagram on Aug. 2.
Baker hit .208 in 52 games for the Rebels in 2021, starting 43 at first base and one at designated hitter. He likely would have made more appearances but missed most of March and early April due to a broken hamate bone.
This is not the first time the COVID-19 senior has traded in his cleats elsewhere. Baker’s collegiate journey began at Cincinnati in 2018 before he left to attend Wabash Valley College for a season.
While at Wabash Valley, the now-Bobcat was named the 2019 NJCAA Player of the Year. He batted .506 with 101 RBI and 25 home runs.
The 6-foot 260-pound infielder is an Ohio native. Baker attended Gahanna Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio and was a four-year letter winner. He was the 2017 State Player of the Year and was Second Team Maxpreps All-American that same year.
This addition has the potential to boost the Bobcats’ offense for the 2022 season. Baker is a known power hitter and once the dust is off, he may make a big impact in the Mid-American Conference this season.