Gerik S. Baxter
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Edmonds-Woodway High School
Pitcher Gerik Baxter was selected by the San Diego Padres in the first round of the 1999 amateur draft. The 28th overall pick of the draft, he had gone 6-1 with a 0.73 ERA as a high school senior, striking out 80, walking 14 and allowing 18 hits in 48 innings. He signed for $1,100,000. Assigned to the AZL Padres, Baxter struck out 45 in 36 innings in Rookie play, walking 15 and allowing 27 hits. He went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA for the Peoria-based club and would have ranked second in the Arizona League in ERA had he pitched enough to qualify. He was rated the #3 prospect in the circuit. Promoted to the Idaho Falls Braves, Baxter was 2-0 with a 4.81 ERA in five starts, whiffing 29 in 24 frames, but walking 17 and allowing 21 hits.
Gerik pitched for the Fort Wayne Wizards in 2000, going 5-6 with a 3.40 ERA. He struck out 103 in 101 innings, walked 44 and allowed 81 hits and a .224 average. He was picked as the 9th-best prospect in the Midwest League, having done a fine job at age 20 in his first full season on the hill.
It would be his only full season, though, as he was killed in an automobile accident in 2001 along with Oakland Athletics draft pick Mark Hilde. Rated San Diego's #5 prospect entering the year (according to Baseball America), Baxter was assigned to the Lake Elsinore Storm but was sidelined by Tommy John surgery. He crashed his truck near Indio, CA on July 29 when a tire blew out.
Sources: 2000-2002 Baseball Almanacs