Oliver Drake (baseball)

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Oliver Drake
Baltimore Orioles
Born: (1987-01-13) January 13, 1987 (age 27)
Gardner, Massachusetts
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Oliver Gardner Drake (Born January 13, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

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,[1] having one of the best freshman pitching seasons in school history, though not very impressive stats, going 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA.[2] 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.[3][4]

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. He was added to the Orioles' 40-man roster following the season.[5] He had shoulder surgery in 2012.[6][7] Entering 2014, he was rated the Orioles' 24th-best prospect by Baseball America.[8]

Drake signed a major league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on November 18, 2014.[9]


  1. ^ David Driver For The Capital (July 17, 2014). "Baysox's Drake takes healthy approach in breakout season". capitalgazette.com. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Drake chooses baseball over military future". Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Oliver Drake Bio - NAVYSPORTS.com - The United States Naval Academy Official Athletic Site". navysports.com. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "INTRIGUING PROSPECT OLIVER DRAKE GRABBING O'S ATTENTION". PressBox Baltimore. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Former Navy Pitcher Eyes Career With Orioles". Annapolis, Maryland Patch. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gardner's Oliver Drake finds relief in minors". telegram.com. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "With his arm healthy again, Baysox's Drake finds relief". capitalgazette.com. May 11, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Minors Q&A: Drake charts course from Navy to majors". New England Baseball Journal. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ WBAL. "Baltimore Orioles sign RHP Oliver Drake". WBALTV. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 

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