17-year-old knuckleball princess throws batting practice to Tampa Bay Rays

By Zach Levatino,

The knuckleball has only been perfected and used proficiently by a few pitchers. Three names come to mind when thinking of the knuckleball – R.A. Dickey, a former Cy Young winner; Tim Wakefield; and now the ‘Knuckleball Princess.'

Chelsea Baker, 17, is a high school baseball pitcher win a nasty knuckleball. She is also known among her friends as the Knuckleball Princess.

image via Twitter from NBCSportsNetwork

She learned how to perfect the knuckleball from Phil Niekro, a hall-of-fame knuckleballer, according to USA Today. She has already thrown a couple of perfect games in little league due to her unique skill set.

On Monday however, she was facing a much higher level of competition than little league when she took on the Tampa Bay Rays during batting practice. Notable players such as Evan Longoria and David Price were in attendance. She made a few players fan at the ball and she even hit Longoria with a pitch at one point, according to Yahoo Sports.

"It was a lot of fun," Baker said. "I had a great time. ... I've done a bunch of things, but this is beyond anything I've ever imagined. It was a great opportunity."

She met Rays manager Joe Madden at an event last week and he invited her to the stadium.

Pitching for Durant High School in her junior year, she has recorded three saves in 19 appearances and holds a 0.74 ERA, reports TBO.



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