Oliver Drake (baseball)
January 13, 1987 |
Drake is a graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, earning four letters in baseball and three in hockey while a student there. He was a First-team All-CNEPSL as a junior and a senior, winning the Thompson Blanket, Ralph E. Jillson and Nettie M. Johnson Memorial awards as the latter. He attended Navy for college, having one of the best freshman pitching seasons in school history, though not very impressive stats, going 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA. He went 6-3 with a 3.70 ERA as a sophomore, having an 8.74 K/9 ratio. He was drafted in the 43rd round, 1286th overall, of the 2008 Draft by the Orioles.
Drake was assigned to Rookie-league Bluefield, then the Bluefield Orioles, pitching in 7 games, going 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA before being promoted to Low-A Aberdeen, pitching in 5 games with a 0.87 ERA. His totals in 2008 were 12 games, going 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA. He spent all of 2009 with Single-A Delmarva, going 8-9 with a 4.34 ERA over 25 games, 24 of them starts. He played all of 2010 with High-A Frederick, going 6-6 with a 4.36 ERA over 24 games. He also played in the Arizona Fall League with Scottsdale, going 1-3 with an 8.38 ERA. He split 2011 with Frederick and Double-A Bowie, while also playing 1 game with Triple-A Norfolk, going 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA over 27 games. He was added to the Orioles' 40-man roster following the season. He had shoulder surgery in 2012. Entering 2014, he was rated the Orioles' 24th-best prospect by Baseball America.
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- "Minors Q&A: Drake charts course from Navy to majors". New England Baseball Journal. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
- WBAL. "Baltimore Orioles sign RHP Oliver Drake". WBALTV. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Navy Midshipmen player bio
- Scout.com profile
- Brett Hollander Talks With Oliver Drake And BJ Surhoff