Drake Britton

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Drake Britton
Drake Britton on July 20, 2014.jpg
Britton during his tenure with the Pawtucket Red Sox, triple-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox, in 2014
Boston Red Sox – No. 66
Born: (1989-05-22) May 22, 1989 (age 25)
Waco, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 20, 2013 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 1-1
Earned run average 3.86
Strikeouts 18

John Drake Britton (born May 22, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).


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.. He is expected to pitch out of the bullpen.[citation needed]


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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