Baker making strides despite losses [Baseball]

May 31, 2013

Dylan Baker

His 1-4 record suggests Dylan Baker of Juneau is struggling in his first season of professional baseball.

Not really.

His numbers are a bit misleading, masking the development the 21-year-old is truly making with the Class A Lake County Captains of the Cleveland Indians organization.

At first glance you look at his 4.15 ERA in nine games and think he’s getting knocked around.

But his pitching coach, former big leaguer Steve Karsay, told the Indians Baseball Insider a different story.

“He’s really done a nice job committing to some delivery changes and has become more of a complete pitcher,” Karsay told the website. “Priority No. 1 was getting him to throw the ball downhill. Two, was to commit to pitching in the strike zone and getting more aggressive.

“His breaking ball has improved, his overall command has improved. He’s a tough kid. He works hard. He has a bright future for this team.”

Baker, of Juneau-Douglas fame, has 39 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. In three starts, he pitched six innings without allowing an earned run, including a complete game.

With his mechanics set, he is focused on his off-speed stuff.

“I’ve been working on my change-up a lot and I’m getting a feel for it,” Baker told the website. “I’m just going to keep working on the change-up because that’s the biggest pitch I need.”