Drake Britton

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Drake Britton
Drake Britton on July 20, 2014.jpg
Britton with the Pawtucket Red Sox
Chicago Cubs
Born: (1989-05-22) May 22, 1989 (age 26)
Waco, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 20, 2013 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 1-1
Earned run average 2.93
Strikeouts 21

John Drake Britton (born May 22, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Chicago Cubs organization.


Britton attended Tomball High School. The Boston Red Sox selected Britton in the 23rd round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Britton signed a $700,000 signing bonus with the Red Sox.[1] He began his professional career in 2008 with the Class A short-season Lowell Spinners, appearing in eight games, making seven starts, with an ERA of 4.28 in 33.2 innings. In 2009, Britton split time between the Gulf Coast League Red Sox and Lowell; he combined to appear in 11.2 innings over seven games. He missed most of the season due to Tommy John surgery.[1] 2010 saw Britton promoted to Class A full-season Greenville Drive, where he started 21 games and compiled a 2.97 ERA. Britton was promoted once again in 2011 to the Salem Red Sox. In Salem, Britton finished the season with 13 losses, a league high. His 6.91 ERA was worst of all Carolina League starters.[2]

In November 2011, Britton, Che-Hsuan Lin and Will Middlebrooks were added to the Red Sox' 40-man roster to avoid being selected in the Rule 5 Draft.[3]

Britton was called up to the major leagues on July 14, 2013 to replace the recently demoted Jackie Bradley, Jr..

Britton was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs on February 4, 2015. He was outrighted off the roster in April.


On March 5, 2013, he was pulled over driving 113 miles per hour (182 km/h) in a 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) zone at 4:14am. He allegedly handed police his debit card when asked for ID. He was charged with DUI. This was hours before a scheduled spring training start with the big league club.[4]


  1. ^ a b "#31 Drake Britton". Soxprospects.com. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "2011 Carolina League Pitching Leaders". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Cole, Mike (November 19, 2011). "Will Middlebrooks, Che-Hsuan Lin, Drake Britton Added to Red Sox' 40-Man Roster". NESN.com. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Edes, Gordon (March 5, 2013). "2013 spring training -- Drake Britton, Boston Red Sox prospect, arrested on DUI charge". ESPN Boston. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 

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