This 17-Year-Old Girl Struck Out Major League Baseball Players

You probably don’t know the name Chelsea Baker, but soon everyone will.

She went undefeated in her first varsity season.

Her old Little League jersey is hanging in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

She’s already received an offer to play professional ball in Japan.

Baker isn’t just your run-of-the-mill 17-year-old high school Junior who waves pom poms and is eager to get home from school to catch the latest episode of ‘The Hills’ (I know, I’m stuck in 2007). She’s a dominant high school pitcher for the Durant (Plant City, Fla.) High School boys baseball team who learned how to throw a knuckleball from Joe Niekro himself.

For those who don’t know, Phil Niekro — Joe’s brother — is a Hall-of-Fame baseball player made famous via his knuckleball. Baker could be next in line now that she’s the youngest female to ever throw an MLB batting practice.

Watch her make players from the Tampa Rays look absolutely foolish prefacing Monday night’s game against the Pirates.


Josh Helmuth is the editor of CraveOnline Sports.