Former Columbus High and Columbus State standout Brian Baker has received an invitation to the Tampa Bay Rays Major League spring training camp.
Baker, who recently turned 28, has been in the Rays organization for six seasons after signing with the team as a free agent in 2005.
He spent last season at the Rays' Triple-A affiliate at Durham, N.C. He went 9-5 with a 3.86 ERA. He made 12 starts and appeared in 37 games.
Baker said that Mitch Lukevics, the director of minor leagues for the Rays, called him Monday to give him the news.
Baker has been working for the past two months at the Athletes' Performance Institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla. He said he plans to stay there another week or so before heading to Port Charlotte, Fla., where the Rays have their spring training home. The official reporting date is Feb. 15.