Baker makes debut with T-Bones in pro independent league
After two days of rainouts, Juneau’s Dylan Baker finally made his debut with the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association.
And although he did not have the best beginning, he did pull it together to give his new team a chance to win, which is what happened after a 9-8 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs in the professional independent league.
The 27-year-old pitcher fell behind 3-0 in the first inning before responding with three consecutive scoreless frames in the second, third and fourth innings while the T-Bones rallied from behind.
Baker, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, is a former Cleveland Indians draft pick who is playing his seventh season of pro ball.
He is one of nine Alaskans to pitch in 100 pro games.
The rocket right-hander last season played in the Texas League for the Tulsa Drillers, a Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He was converted to a relief pitcher for the first time in his career and posted a 3-6 record with eight saves.
Baker is no longer closing games, with this being his 55th career start.