Better get to Baker early because he has been devastating late
Batters in the American Association had better get to Juneau’s Dylan Baker early because if not they may not get to him at all.
The 27-year-old pitcher has been devastating from the second to sixth innings with the Kansas City T-Bones, carving up hitters with sparkling 2.14 ERA.
The first inning, however, has been an adventure.
In six starts, the rocket right-hander has given up seven runs in the opening frame for a 10.15 ERA.
That scenario played out once again as the T-Bones beat the St. Paul Saints 2-1 in Minnesota in the independent professional league.
Baker, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, gave up one run in the first inning and then tossed five shutout frames to collect his second win. His team is 4-2 in the games he has started.
The seventh-year pro ranks ninth among Alaskans with 111 pro games, seventh with 17 career wins and sixth with 265 strikeouts.
The 2012 fifth-round draft pick is former Class-AA player in the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.