Dakota John Bacus
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 220 lb.
- School Indiana State University
- High School Moline High School
- Debut August 14, 2020
Dakota Bacus broke into the majors in 2020 at age 29.
He was not the first big leaguer named "Dakota", as Dakota Hudson preceded him by a couple of years. Bacus was born in Moline, IL, attended Moline High School and went to Indiana State University. He was drafted in the ninth round of the 2012 Amateur Draft out of Indiana State; Sean Manaea was picked the following year from the same college.
Although Bacus pitched well in his first organization, that of the Oakland Athletics, they traded him pretty quickly to the Washington Nationals organization, in return for C Kurt Suzuki, and he stayed there for many years. He came to AAA ball for two games in 2015, but didn't get any real time at that level until age 28 in 2019, when he was in 46 games in relief for the Fresno Grizzlies.