Baker continues to answer the call for Double-A Tulsa Drillers
Nowadays relievers are being stretched.
Tulsa Drillers coaches certainly haven’t shy about asking Juneau’s Dylan Baker to pitch multiple innings this year in the Texas League.
The Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers have called on the Alaskan to pitch 26 innings in 23 appearances, with 10 games seeing him record more than three outs.
Baker, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, is a former starter who is now coming out of the bullpen for the first time in his six-year professional career.
He is one of only two Alaskans currently playing pro ball in the minor leagues.
The 26-year-old right-hander pitched 1.1 innings and picked up his first hold of the season after getting four outs over the eighth and ninth innings in a 4-3 win over Northwest Arkansas.
He entered a 4-2 game with one on and one out in the eighth and promptly induced a groundball double-play to get out of the inning. In the ninth he got the first two outs via strikeout and groundout before giving up a home run.
Baker has been an effective reliever, picking up three wins and converting 4-of-7 save opportunities. Now he’s earned his first hold. Batters are hitting .262 against the hard thrower.