Dylan Baker pitches for Western Nevada in the 2012 NJCAA Division I World Series. Photo courtesy Western Nevada athletics
Western Nevada College sophomore starting pitcher Dylan Baker (Glens Falls 2011) has been selected by Perfect Game USA as the top junior college prospect for the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Baker headlines a list of 100 junior college prospects compiled by Perfect Game that was released earlier this month. The full list can be found here
The 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft begins on Mon., June 4. The first round will be broadcast live on the MLB Network starting at 7:00 p.m. The draft will continue on Tues., June 5 with rounds two through 15. The final portion of the draft will be on Wed., June 6 and that will consist of rounds 16 through 40.
From Perfect Game's Jeff Dahn: Alaskan Baker wows the scouts
Baker, who pitched last summer for the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League's Glens Falls Golden Eagles, turned in a virtuoso performance this spring for the Wildcats of Western Nevada. The transfer from Tacoma Comm. College was named the NJCAA Division I Region 18 Pitcher of the Year. He helped lead the Wildcats the NJCAA Division I Western District playoffs and the NJCAA World Series.
The Juneau, Alaska, native finished the season with a 13-0 record to go along with one save and a 1.91 earned run average. Baker pitched in 18 games overall, made 16 starts and threw three complete games including two complete game shutouts. He struck out 126 batters and walked 46. Opponents against the WNC starter managed a .155 batting average.
The former Glens Falls Golden Eagles starter boasted the best record (13-0) in NJCAA Division I. He tied for first nationally in overall winning percentage (1.000) and he was among the top five in the country in total victories and strikeouts.
Baker’s best performance came during the regular season on Mar. 31 against Region 18 powerhouse Salt Lake Comm. College. In the midst of strong wind gusts upwards of 30mph, Baker threw a complete game one-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory. He struck out 10, walked three and stranded six Salt Lake runners on base in a seven-inning game. The former Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year also had a one-hit shutout over six innings at Southern Nevada in which he carried a no-hitter into the sixth. Dylan’s final start came in an elimination game at the NJCAA Division I World Series against Cisco. He struck out 10 and allowed just two runs on seven hits over 7.1 innings in a 9-2 victory.