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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 25)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
31.7 6.15 1.80 15 2 3 0 -0.4
Birth Date4-6-1992
Height6' 2"
Weight205 lbs
Age25 years, 3 months, 18 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2012 CLE Rk 8 8 24.0 0 1 0 24 15 30 1 .270 96 9.0 5.6 0.4 11.2 65% .359 .266 1.62 4.25 4.12 93 3.26 93.1
2013 LKC A 27 25 143.7 7 6 0 124 62 117 3 .259 105 7.8 3.9 0.2 7.3 55% .285 .240 1.29 3.35 3.63 97 3.96 102.1
2014 CAR A+ 9 9 46.7 3 3 0 45 18 28 3 .250 97 8.7 3.5 0.6 5.4 58% .278 .251 1.35 4.37 4.05 112 6.08 113.7
2014 CLE Rk 3 3 5.7 0 0 0 2 1 13 1 .000 3.2 1.6 1.6 20.6 0% .200 .000 0.53 2.25 1.59 69 1.65 73.1
2015 LYN A+ 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 0 1 9 0 .277 95 0.0 1.8 0.0 16.2 67% .000 .029 0.20 0.25 0.00 79 2.56 91.2
2017 AKR AA 9 0 8.7 0 1 0 10 1 6 1 .273 10.4 1.0 1.0 6.2 41% .321 .256 1.27 3.71 4.15 97 4.05 88.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-09 2014-07-21 Minors 103 0 - Not Disclosed - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CLE $
2016 CLE $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Contract selected by Cleveland 11/20/15. Re-signed by Cleveland 3/16.
  • Drafted by Cleveland 2012 (5-173) (Western Nevada JC). $0.2M signing bonus ($0.2356M slot).

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.2 3.4 0 10 10 51.9 48 23 25 7 .248 1.38 4.64 4.88 2.5 0.3
80o 2.6 3.1 0 9 9 44.5 46 22 22 6 .267 1.52 5.14 5.4 -0.3 -0.0
70o 2.2 2.9 0 8 8 39.4 43 21 19 6 .280 1.62 5.50 5.78 -1.8 -0.2
60o 1.9 2.7 0 7 7 35.2 41 19 17 6 .291 1.71 5.83 6.12 -2.9 -0.3
50o 1.6 2.5 0 6 6 31.4 39 18 15 5 .302 1.81 6.14 6.45 -3.7 -0.4
40o 1.4 2.3 0 6 6 27.8 36 17 13 5 .313 1.90 6.46 6.78 -4.2 -0.5
30o 1.1 2.1 0 5 5 24.0 33 16 12 5 .324 2.01 6.81 7.15 -4.6 -0.5
20o 0.9 1.8 0 4 4 19.7 29 14 10 4 .338 2.14 7.24 7.59 -4.7 -0.5
10o 0.6 1.4 0 3 3 14.2 22 11 7 3 .358 2.33 7.85 8.24 -4.3 -0.5
Weighted Mean1.62.406630.43717155.2991.786.086.38-3.3-0.4

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201826510024241401571151162546.3121.956.486.7910.17.47.51.6-1.8
2019274701717103111801031746.3251.855.826.099.77.09.01.5-0.6
2020285701919114102871291646.2961.655.305.558.06.810.21.3-0.1
202129570181810598841101446.2991.735.355.608.47.29.41.2-0.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 93)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 99 Thomas Collier 2015 0.00 DNP
2 99 Chris Masters 2013 0.00 DNP
3 96 Matthew Summers 2015 0.00 DNP
4 96 Jose Rosario 2011 0.00 DNP
5 96 Erik Cordier 2011 0.00 DNP
6 96 Hector Hernandez 2016 0.00 DNP
7 96 Drew Gagnon 2015 0.00 DNP
8 95 Tyler Norrick 2009 0.00 DNP
9 95 Mike Rayl 2014 0.00 DNP
10 95 Scott DeCecco 2016 0.00 DNP
11 95 Brett Smith 2009 0.00 DNP
12 95 Joseph Colon 2015 0.00 DNP
13 94 Eduardo Paulino 2011 0.00 DNP
14 94 Kenn Kasparek 2011 0.00 DNP
15 94 David Goforth 2014 0.00 DNP
16 94 Angel Cuan 2014 0.00 DNP
17 94 Alexander Smit 2011 0.00 DNP
18 93 Jesse English 2010 3.86
19 93 Brandon Durden 2010 0.00 DNP
20 93 Nick Hagadone 2011 4.91
21 93 Tony Watson 2010 0.00 DNP
22 93 Wardell Starling 2008 0.00 DNP
23 93 L.J. Gagnier 2010 0.00 DNP
24 93 Timothy Bascom 2010 0.00 DNP
25 93 Alex Caldera 2011 0.00 DNP
26 93 Richard Castillo 2015 0.00 DNP
27 93 Charles Huggins 2011 0.00 DNP
28 93 Anthony Carter 2011 0.00 DNP
29 92 Ryan Buch 2013 0.00 DNP
30 92 Paul Demny 2015 0.00 DNP
31 92 Joseph Biagini 2015 0.00 DNP
32 92 Samuel Wolff 2016 0.00 DNP
33 92 Josh Hodges 2016 0.00 DNP
34 92 Edgar De La Rosa 2016 0.00 DNP
35 92 Michael Devaney 2008 0.00 DNP
36 92 Jeff Ames 2016 0.00 DNP
37 92 Kenny Moreland 2011 0.00 DNP
38 92 Braulio Lara 2014 0.00 DNP
39 92 Adrian Alaniz 2009 0.00 DNP
40 92 Nathan Moreau 2012 0.00 DNP
41 92 Matthew Flemer 2016 0.00 DNP
42 92 Jeff Mandel 2010 0.00 DNP
43 92 Robert Donovan 2013 0.00 DNP
44 92 Jesse Hernandez 2014 0.00 DNP
45 92 Jose Reyes 2016 0.00 DNP
46 92 Yean Carlos Gil 2016 0.00 DNP
47 92 David Welch 2008 0.00 DNP
48 92 Austin Wood 2016 0.00 DNP
49 92 Drew Naylor 2011 0.00 DNP
50 92 Ari Ronick 2011 0.00 DNP
51 92 Mike Augliera 2015 0.00 DNP
52 92 Joshua Mueller 2014 0.00 DNP
53 92 Ryan Kulik 2011 0.00 DNP
54 91 Michael O'Brien 2015 0.00 DNP
55 91 Blake Johnson 2010 0.00 DNP
56 91 Dallas Buck 2010 0.00 DNP
57 91 Jacob Barnes 2015 0.00 DNP
58 91 Brian Bass 2007 0.00 DNP
59 91 Matthew Tracy 2014 0.00 DNP
60 91 Anthony Ferrara 2015 0.00 DNP
61 91 Nick Petree 2016 0.00 DNP
62 91 Rich Rundles 2006 0.00 DNP
63 91 B.J. Hermsen 2015 0.00 DNP
64 91 Eric Niesen 2011 0.00 DNP
65 91 Elisaul Pimentel 2014 0.00 DNP
66 91 Adam Bass 2007 0.00 DNP
67 91 James Avery 2009 0.00 DNP
68 91 Marty Popham 2013 0.00 DNP
69 91 Christian Bergman 2013 0.00 DNP
70 91 Felix Pena 2015 0.00 DNP
71 91 Terry Doyle 2011 0.00 DNP
72 91 Andrew Kown 2008 0.00 DNP
73 91 Jon Kibler 2012 0.00 DNP
74 91 Victor Mateo 2015 0.00 DNP
75 91 Drew Granier 2014 0.00 DNP
76 91 Colin Kleven 2016 0.00 DNP
77 91 Robert Morey 2014 0.00 DNP
78 91 Michael Bowman 2012 0.00 DNP
79 91 Kevin Eichhorn 2015 0.00 DNP
80 91 Stephen McCray 2013 0.00 DNP
81 91 Brandon Martinez 2016 0.00 DNP
82 91 Rainy Lara 2016 0.00 DNP
83 90 Justin Collop 2013 0.00 DNP
84 90 Eric Berger 2011 0.00 DNP
85 90 Luis Angel Sanz 2013 0.00 DNP
86 90 Everett Teaford 2009 0.00 DNP
87 90 Jose De Paula 2013 0.00 DNP
88 90 Lay Batista 2015 0.00 DNP
89 90 Luis Noel 2013 0.00 DNP
90 90 Chris Sorce 2013 0.00 DNP
91 90 Tyler Gagnon 2014 0.00 DNP
92 90 Jeff Marquez 2010 18.00
93 90 Robert Gilliam 2013 0.00 DNP
94 90 Daniel Watts 2015 0.00 DNP
95 90 Evan Reed 2011 0.00 DNP
96 90 Matt McSwain 2011 0.00 DNP
97 90 Matthew Miller 2014 0.00 DNP
98 90 Hassan Pena 2010 0.00 DNP
99 90 Luis Santos 2016 0.00 DNP
100 90 Cory Luebke 2010 4.08

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2015 Much like his actor namesake, Baker seems destined for a succession of supporting roles. He has a lively fastball, a solid curve and a changeup that doesn't earn any adjective in particular. Baker lost some opportunity for further development of that change by breaking his ankle in 2014. He is thick and slow to the plate, and if he doesn't improve the changeup (and most players in his position never do), that adds up to "middle reliever." Which, when you think about it, analogizes pretty well to "played the Attorney General in one episode of The West Wing."
2014 Baker has taken the road less traveled from birth to prospect land, starting his journey in Juneau, which has raised only one big leaguer, and attending Western Nevada College, which first fielded a baseball team in 2006. A fifth-round pick in 2012, the right-hander is now the Wildcats’ finest graduate, firing mid-90s fastballs from a strong arm affixed to a sturdy frame. He has the body to start and the requisite pitch menu, too, though his fringy command and high-effort delivery might shoehorn him into a set-up role. If Baker can harness his stuff and improve his changeup to league average, he has an excellent chance to become the first Alaskan high schooler to earn a major-league win.
2013 Dylan Baker flashes three pitches that could be above-average, but like many young pitchers, he needs to work on his changeup and his command, the two things that will determine his role as either back-end starter or reliever.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 15, 2017BP Prospect Staff2017-05-15
2016 Prospects: Cleveland Indians Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2016-01-15
2016 Prospects: Cleveland Indians Top 10 ProspectsChristopher Crawford2016-01-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: April 13, 2015BP Prospect Staff2015-04-13
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 9, 2015Jeff Moore2015-04-10
Spring Training Notebook: Cactus League: April 1, 2015BP Prospect Staff2015-04-01
This article requires BP Premium accessLeague Preview Series: Eastern LeagueCraig Goldstein2015-03-30
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsJeff Moore2015-02-17
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsMark Anderson2015-02-17
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsBP Prospect Staff2015-02-17
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Cleveland Indians Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2015-01-14
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Cleveland Indians Top 10 ProspectsChris Mellen2015-01-14
Eyewitness Accounts: August 21, 2014Tucker Blair2014-08-21
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: August 11, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-08-11
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: California and Carolina League NotesChris Rodriguez2014-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: California and Carolina League NotesTucker Blair2014-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: On the Rise: Hits and Misses, Part One (American League)Jason Parks2013-09-12
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of May 2-May 5Zach Mortimer2013-05-06
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 19-April 21Zach Mortimer2013-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Cleveland Indians Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2012-11-20


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the bigger upside: Dylan Baker, Blake Snell, or Branden Kline?
(Silverback38 from VA)
Snell has the biggest upside. (Bret Sayre)
2015-04-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)There are a couple of names that I see frequently, Blake Snell and Dylan Baker. What do you know of these guys and who has the higher 'achievable' upside?
(Silverback38 from VA)
I don't know that much on Snell but know he has some arm strength. I saw his velocity was in the upper 90s last start. I have missed Baker somehow over his last few starts. I will see him this year, at some point, hopefully soon. I know he is mid-90s with some command. I would say Baker has the more achievable upside. (CJ Wittmann)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2017, Dylan Baker threw 116 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2014, all of them occuring in Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph) and Change (89mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (82mph).