Baker suffers hard-luck loss in Class A [Baseball]

April 24, 2013

Dylan Baker

Juneau’s Dylan Baker turned in his finest pitching performance as a professional, yet it wasn’t enough to garner his first victory.

The 21-year-old starter for Class A Lake County Captains of the Cleveland Indians organization went the distance in a 2-0 loss to Great Lakes in Midwest League action.

Baker, a fifth-round MLB draft pick last summer, pitched six innings in a seven-inning road game. He gave up seven hits, two unearned runs and stuck out six. He also picked off a runner.

The hard-throwing right-hander now has 16 strikeouts in 15 innings this year.

He is 0-2 with a 4.20 ERA in three starts. He has walked just one.

Last year in rookie ball, Baker went 0-1 in eight starts with 30Ks in 24 innings.

He was one of the most decorated pitchers a year ago in junior college. Then he got drafted by the Indians and shipped to the minors, where he will begin his path to become the third Alaskan to play in the major leagues.