Oliver Drake (baseball)

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Oliver Gardner Drake (January 13, 1987 in Gardner, Massachusetts) is a Minor League Baseball pitcher for the Bowie Baysox

Amateur career[edit]

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.[1]

Professional career[edit]

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.


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