White Stone, N.Y.
Hitting Coach/Recruiting Coord.
Mike Baxter enters his second season as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for the Commodores.
In 2018, Baxter helped tutor three players -- Philip Clarke, Pat DeMarco and Austin Martin -- who were named 2018 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-Americans. The squad finished the season ranked 23rd nationally for home runs (67) and matched an NCAA Tournament record by belting nine long balls during a 19-6 victory against the host Tigers to capture the NCAA Clemson Regional.
The squad also drew 296 walks, ranking 24th nationally. The mark was the highest for the Dores since 2015 and was the second-highest mark in the last eight years. With Baxter's help, the Commodores won 10 of their final 14 games, including hosting the Super Regionals for the first time since 2014. During that stretch, the team batted .304 while averaging 7.71 runs per game.
Despite a youthful squad, eight Commodores were selected in the 2018 Major League Draft including shortstop Connor Kaiser who was chosen in the third round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kaiser was also joined by outfielder Alonzo Jones, second baseman Ethan Paul and catcher/outfielder Stephen Scott.
Baxter joined Vanderbilt after a 12-year professional baseball career that included playing in the big leagues for four organizations over parts of six seasons. Baxter made his major league debut with the San Diego Padres in 2010, and also played for the New York Mets (2011-13), Los Angeles Dodgers (2014) and Chicago Cubs (2015).
Immediately following his playing career, Baxter was hired by the Toronto Blue Jays organization as a Special Assistant for the 2016 season.
He was drafted by San Diego in the fourth round of the 2005 MLB Draft following a successful two-year career for the Dores. Baxter put together a huge season in 2005 when he led the team with a .374 average, 79 hits, 48 RBI, 16 doubles, nine home runs, three triples and 30 walks. He was awarded the Jeff Peeples Most Valuable Teammate award, in addition to garnering an SEC Player of the Week award in early April. Baxter was named to the All- SEC Academic team in 2004 and 2005.
Baxter graduated from Vanderbilt with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human and Organizational Development from the Peabody College. Baxter resides in Green Hills with his wife, Diana, and their two children, Will and Annie.