Date of Birth: 04/06/1992
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 205 lbs
College Experience: Western Nevada J.C.
Resides: Juneau, Alaska
Dylan Baker comes to KCK after one season with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization where he went 3-6 in 34 games all in relief with a 6.08 ERA over 37 innings and notched eight saves in 2018. Primarily a starter throughout his career, it was his first season to notch a save as a pitcher. Prior to his one season with the Dodgers system, he spent 2012 to 2017 with the Cleveland Indians organization. Baker was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Cleveland Indians and made his debut in the rookie Arizona League that summer, going 0-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 24 innings, making eight starts in his eight games. He added 30 strike outs his first season.
In 2013 at Lake County in the Midwest League, Baker went 7-6 in 27 games, making 25 starts over a 143.2 career-high innings. He would strike out 117 on the season at low A. Baker logged a team-best 143.2 innings, finishing with team-highs in victories (7) and strikeouts (117) and ranked among Midwest League leaders in starts (4th, 25), innings (4th, 143.2), strikeouts (4th, 117) and ERA (13th, 3.63). Baker also ranked fifth in ERA among all Cleveland minor leaguers that season and earned the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for June 19th – 25th that season.
The 2014 season began with promise for Baker at high A Carolina. He would work six innings of no-hit ball with four strike outs, but he would miss a majority of the season because of a broken right ankle, suffered after making his first start of the season. He would be activated from the DL on July 21 and slowly work his way back. Baker would go to the rookie level Arizona league for three games where he posted a 1.59 ERA in 5.2 innings, and then Baker headed back to high A in the Carolina League to close out the season. He would finish the year going at least five innings in his last four starts, including back-to-back quality starts where he held the opposition to four runs over 12 innings. In his final 19 innings of the season, Baker allowed just five earned runs. He would go 3-3 overall with the Mudcats with a 4.05 ERA in nine starts in 46.2 innings. Baker once again had to fight off the injury bug in 2015. He was limited to just one start, coming April 9 at Potomac where he worked five hitless innings while walking one and fanning nine. Baker was diagnosed with an elbow strain after the start and was placed on the DL, eventually undergoing right elbow reconstruction on May 20. Baker then underwent a clean-up procedure (scar tissue) on January 8 that delayed the start of his 2016 season. He would be rewarded despite the setbacks and was added to the 40-man roster on November 20 of 2015 by Cleveland.
The 2016 was a “wash” for Baker owing to the 2015 surgeries. He was limited in his return to the mound as he experienced discomfort at each step along his rehabilitation efforts and was forced to undergo and additional arthroscopic procedure on August 16 to address posterior elbow and forearm soreness. Baker returned in 2017 and started the season on the DL because of the previous two seasons of setbacks. He went a combined 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 17 games with two starts with AA Akron in the Eastern League and Rookie level Arizona. Baker struck out 16 while giving up just one walk. He pitched in 13 games at AA, going 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA, and he struck out 10 against one walk and pitched in another four games (two starts) for Rookie-level Arizona Indians while in rehab with a back injury from July 23 to August 14 . The Indians recalled Baker on September 1 and shut him down for the rest of the season, placing him on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain and ending his season.
Baker, a native of Alaska, graduated from Douglas High School, in Juneau, Alaska, before attending Tacoma Community College. He then transferred to Western Nevada College where he became the highest draft selection for a player out of Western Nevada in 2012. He resides in Juneau, Alaska.