Dillon has appeared in 31 major league games in the last four seasons since making his major league debut in 2017...was selected by Chicago in the 14th round of the 2011 draft...made two July appearances for Chicago in 2020...Has fanned 39 batters in 23.1 innings in the majors, while walking 25...is 2-0 with an 8.49 ERA (22 ER/23.1 IP) in 31 relief outings...Pitched in six games for the Cubs in 2017 after beginning the season with Single-A Myrtle Beach...promoted to Double-A Tennessee in early June then promoted to Triple-A Iowa following the league’s All-Star Break...Is 19-24 with 41 saves and a 4.23 ERA (154 ER/327.1 IP) in 214 career minor league games (30 starts)…Graduated from Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, N.C....was the Gatorade North Carolina High School Player of the Year in 2011...Was a member of the USA Baseball 18-and-under National Team in 2010.
Dillon appeared in two games for Chicago, allowing three runs (two earned) in 1.0 inning of work...made the Opening Day roster...was optioned to the South Bend alternate site July 30 and remained there the rest of the season...Tossed a scoreless inning, striking out one, July 25 vs. Milwaukee...walked four and allowed three runs (two earned), July 29 in Cincinnati before he was optioned to the alternate site.
Dillon had five stints with the Cubs, going 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (7 ER/11.2 IP)...pitched in a career-high 14 games...limited opponents to a .150 average (6-for-40)...Did not allow a run in his first eight outings (6.2 IP) with the Cubs from April 26-June 29...Earned the win, May 25 vs. Cincinnati, tossing 0.2-scoreless innings in an 8-6 victory...Went 4-4 with seven saves and a 3.77 ERA (18 ER/43.0 IP) in 38 outings with Triple-A Iowa, striking out 79 while walking 36 in 43.0 innings, good for an average of 16.53 strikeouts per nine innings...limited foes to a .145 batting average.
Dillon spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.79 ERA (12 ER/38.2 IP) in 41 relief outings ... had five stints with the Cubs, including from August 31 through the end of the season ... went 1-0 with an 11.81 ERA (7 ER/5.1 IP) with the Cubs ... Tossed 2.0-scoreless innings of relief, June 27 at the Dodgers ... walked two and struck out three batters ... was his longest career outing ... Earned his first-career win, September 14 vs. Cincinnati ... retired his only batter faced in the Cubs 3-2 win ... With Iowa, he posted a 1.17 ERA (3 ER/23.0 IP) beginning June 1 ... struck out 75 batters in 38.2 innings with the I-Cubs ... Set an Iowa franchise record with a 17.67 K/9 rate (10.0+IP), while also leading PCL relievers (30.0+IP) ... struck out four batters in a single inning twice due to dropped third strikes, and struck out the side 12 total times ... Limited batters to a .162 average with Iowa.
Dillon made his major league debut as a September call-up for Chicago after beginning the year with Single-A Myrtle Beach ... combined to go 6-3 with 13 saves and a 2.27 ERA (16 ER/63.1 IP) in 52 relief appearances between Myrtle Beach, Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa... Had no record with a 10.13 ERA (6 ER/5.1 IP) in six relief appearances with the Cubs ... did not allow a run in his final three outings (3.0 IP)... Recorded 11 strikeouts in 5.1 major league innings ... walked six and did not allow a home run... Made his major league debut, September 3 vs. Atlanta ... tossed a scoreless inning of relief... In his 52 minor league outings, struck out 100 in 63.1 innings, good for an average of 14.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... In 21 outings with Myrtle Beach to begin the year, pitched to a 2.01 ERA (7 ER/31.1 IP) and held opponents to a .188 average and .289 OBP... Was 1-1 with six saves and a 3.29 ERA (5 ER/13.2 IP) in 14 games with Tennessee ... finished his minor league season with a 1.96 ERA (4 ER/18.1 IP) and four saves in 17 games with Iowa.
Made 28 relief appearances between Single-A Myrtle Beach and Single-A South Bend, going 1-3 with nine saves and a 4.22 ERA (15 ER/32.0 IP) ... struck out 23 and walked 17, allowing just one home run ... missed time due to a strained oblique... Landed on the disabled list following his first relief appearance of the season with Myrtle Beach, April 8 ... returned to action in late May, going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA (5 ER/6.2 IP) in eight relief appearances... Transferred to South Bend at the start of July and went on to go 1-2 with nine saves and a 3.24 ERA (9 ER/25.0 IP) in 19 games ... held opponents to a .198 average, walked 10 and struck out 17.
Spent a majority of the season with Single-A South Bend, going 1-1 with one save and a 4.15 ERA (14 ER/30.1 IP) in 15 relief outings ... started the year at Eugene, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA (4 ER/5.0 IP) in three games.
Made 10 starts between Rookie League Mesa and Single-A Boise, finishing 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA (28 ER/28.0 IP) ... began the season on the disabled list with a right ribcage fracture ... was reinstated, July 31.
In his first full pro season, he appeared in 21 games (16 starts) with Single-A Kane County and Single-A Boise ... went a combined 5-4 with a 4.93 ERA (42 ER/76.2 IP), including 5-2 with a 2.14 ERA (10 ER/42.0 IP) in 10 games (nine starts) with Boise.
Appeared in six games (four starts) in his first pro action with Mesa ... went 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA (5 ER/10.1 IP) ... was on Mesa's disabled list from June 19-July 27 with a right elbow strain.