Dodgers acquire Dylan Baker

By: Java

Converted starter. The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker from the Brewers in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Baker, 25, was claimed off waivers by the Brewers from the Indians on Nov. 27. The Brewers designated Baker for assignment Dec. 21. He was originally selected by Cleveland in the fifth round in 2012 out of Western Nevada College. He made his first career Double-A appearances for Akron in 2017, compiling a 2.84 ERA with 10 strikeouts and one walk in 12 2/3 innings over 13 relief outings. The bullpen role was a switch for Baker, who’d been a starter throughout his Minor League career. Baker also appeared in four games (two starts) with the Rookie-level AZL Indians in 2017, going 1–0 and allowing two runs (one earned) in four innings. Baker pitched 143 2/3 innings for Single-A Lake County in the Cleveland organization in 2013, but injuries?—?most notably Tommy John surgery that forced him out for the 2016 season?—?have limited him to 74 Minor League innings since then. In total, Baker’s pitched in 65 career Minor League games (241 2/3 innings) with a 3.58 ERA and 1.295 WHIP, striking out 213 batters with 98 walks and limiting opponents to a .236 batting average.
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