Pro pitcher Baker back in Double-A with Akron RubberDucks

August 24, 2017

Dylan Baker baseballJuneau’s Dylan Baker is back with the Double-A Akron RubberDucks as part of the farm system for MLB’s Cleveland Indians.

The 25-year-old former fifth-round draft pick played for Akron earlier this summer before another arm injury in May forced him to the disabled list.

The hard-throwing right-hander returned to the field in July with the Indians’ rookie ball team in Arizona. After four games, he was promoted to Double-A.

Baker, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, has battled multiple injuries since turning pro in 2012, including a broken ankle in 2014, Tommy John surgery in 2015 and lingering elbow problems in 2016 and 2017.

But that 97-mph fastball keeps him in the game.

Baker has pitched in 16 games this summer – the most appearances since making 27 in 2013 – however most have come in relief as the former starter builds up his strength and stamina to throw more innings.

He is yet to surrender a run since returning to Akron on Aug. 18. Last night he pitched the ninth inning against Erie and struck out the side.

With 213 career strikeouts, Baker ranks No. 8 on Alaska’s all-time list among minor-league pitchers. He is 13 Ks behind former MLBer Chad Bentz of Juneau for seventh.