Gomes, Chris Dickerson, Chris Heisey, Wladimir Balentien, Laynce Nix, Danny Dorn and Josh Anderson were all on Baker's dry-erase board inside his office.
"We have tremendous talent up there," Baker said. "We have Dickerson. Gomes is a heck of a hitter. We have Nix, who did a good job for us. Balentien, I heard he had a good winter. Heisey was our [Minor League] player of the year. I don't know Anderson and I heard a little bit about Dorn. We're trying to go north with the best team that can go north."
Dickerson, a left-handed hitter, is considered to be one of the best athletes on the team. Gomes, a right-handed hitter, batted .307 vs. lefty pitchers last season as opposed to .244 against right-handers. Although Baker named no early leaders, both seem to be the top two contenders.
Prospects and left-field candidates Todd Frazier and Juan Francisco were not mentioned by Baker, for a reason.
"Initially, they will have to learn infield plays first," Baker said. "We want to make sure they're fundamentally sound in the infield, and then I will give them time in the outfield too."
Center field appears to be Drew Stubbs' job to lose after his stellar six-week play at the end of last season.
"I think so. I'm not going to tell him that," Baker said. "Step 1 a lot of times is the easiest step for some guys. He's the kind of kid that knows that."
Should Stubbs have any issues in camp, many of the left-field candidates could easily shift to center field.
"Stubbs isn't going to play every day of Spring Training," Baker said. "Dickerson is going to play center. It's his best position. I talked to Anderson. It's his best position."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.