Britton with the Pawtucket Red Sox
|Southern Maryland Blue Crabs|
May 22, 1989 |
|July 20, 2013, for the Boston Red Sox|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||2.93|
John Drake Britton (born May 22, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Britton was born in Waco, Texas. He attended Tomball High School. In 2006, his junior season, he was recognized as an Aflac All–American. Later that same year, he took part in the Junior Olympics operated by USA Baseball..
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. He began his professional career in 2008 with the Class A short-season Lowell Spinners. He appeared in eight games, making seven starts, and recorded an ERA of 4.28 over 33.2 innings.
Britton was promoted once again in 2011 to the Salem Red Sox. In Salem, Britton made 26 starts and posted a 1–13 record. His 13 losses were a league high and His 6.91 ERA was the worst for all Carolina League starters.
Britton remained with Portland at the start of the 2013 season. He joined the Triple–A Pawtucket Red Sox on July 5, and was then called up to the major leagues on July 14. His MLB debut came on July 20 as he did not allow a run in one inning against the New York Yankees. On July 31, Britton tossed a pair of shutout innings against the Seattle Mariners to earn his first MLB win.
Britton was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs on February 4, 2015. He was outrighted off the roster on April 3. During the 2015 season, Britton played for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. He pitched in 28 games, including 11 as a starter, and compiled a 7–8 record with one save, a 5.08 ERA, and 45 strikeouts. An injury to his left shoulder caused Britton to spend some of late August and early September on the disabled list.
On December 11, 2015, Britton signed a minor-league contract with the Detroit Tigers, and was invited to spring training. In 37 appearances for the Toledo Mud Hens, Detroit's AAA affiliate, Britton posted a 4.57 ERA over 41.1 innings. On August 2, 2016, Britton was suspended 50 games for violating the terms of the Major League Baseball drug policy.
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. The incident happened hours before a scheduled spring training start with the Red Sox.
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