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Oliver Drake

Oliver Drake 51 P

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Status: Active
  • Full Name: Oliver Gardner Drake
  • Age: 30 (January 13, 1987)
  • Birthplace: Worcester, MA
  • Bats/Throws: R/R Ht: 6' 4" Wt: 215
  • Draft: Round 43 (2008, BAL)
  • MLB Debut: 05/23/2015
  • School: U.S. Naval Academy
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Oliver Drake Career Stats

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Oliver Drake Awards and Honors

Oliver Drake  51 P

Oliver Drake
  • Full Name: Oliver Gardner Drake
  • Born: January 13, 1987
  • Age: 30
  • Birthplace: Worcester, MA
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Height: 6' 4"
  • Weight: 215
  • Draft: Round 43 (2008, BAL)
  • School: U.S. Naval Academy
  • MLB Debut: 05/23/2015

2015 Highlights
• Spent majority of season with Norfolk, where he went 1-2 with a 0.82 ERA and 23 saves in 42 relief outings
• Won the Jim Palmer Prize (shared with RHP Mychal Givens) as the Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year
• Named to International League Midseason and Postseason All-Star Teams
• Received MiLBY Award as the Top Relief Pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball
• Named to MiLB's Orioles Minor League Organizational All-Star Team as the Top Relief Pitcher
• Ranked among IL relievers in saves (2nd, 23) and games finished (T-4th, 34)
• His 23 saves were tied for the 4th-most in a single season in Tides franchise history 
• Turned in 26 consecutive scoreless appearances with Norfolk from April 26 to August 6, over which he registered 16 saves and held IL opponents to a .115 average (10-87) with 39 strikeouts in 26.0 IP
• Finished the year with 43 more strikeouts (66) than hits allowed (23) in 44.0 IP 
• Posted a 0.39 ERA (1 ER, 23.1 IP) and registered 14 saves in 21 relief appearances on the road
• Registered a 0.27 ERA (1 ER, 33.0 IP) in 31 relief outings at night
• Allowed just one home run in 169 batters faced, and 38 of his 42 appearances with the Tides were scoreless
• Held left-handed batters to a .133 average (8-60), while righties hit .163 (15-92)
• IL batters hit just .074 (2-27) with runners in scoring position, including .063 (1-16) with RISP and two outs
• Rated by Baseball America in their 2015 Best Tools survey as the Best Reliever in the International League
• Made 13 appearances with Baltimore, posting a 2.87 ERA (5 ER, 15.2 IP)
• Made MLB debut on May 23 at Miami, tossing three shutout innings and striking out two
• Registered first big league strikeout on May 23 at Miami (Christian Yelich)
• Became third U.S. Naval product to appear in the majors, joining LHP Nemo Gaines (1921) & RHP Mitch Harris (2015)
• Nine of his 13 outings with the O's were scoreless, and he registered multiple strikeouts in six of those 13 games
2014: Spent entire season with Double-A Bowie, posting a 3.08 ERA in 50 relief outings...Ranked among Eastern League leaders in saves (1st, 31), games finished (1st, 47) and games (2nd, 50)...Named to Eastern League midseason and postseason All-Star Teams...His 31 saves led all Orioles minor leaguers and tied with Toronto farmhand Arik Sikula for the most saves among all minor league pitchers...Registered 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings (71 strikeouts in 52.2 IP)...Allowed one run or less in 45 of his 50 outings...Allowed six of 24 inherited runners to score. 
2013: Began the season on the disabled list after offseason surgery on his right shoulder...Made his season debut with Double-A Bowie on June 11...Allowed only one earned run over his first six appearances with the Baysox (10.0 IP, 13 K, 3 BB)...Finished the season with a 3-0 record, ten saves and a 1.74 ERA in 19 relief appearances.
2012: Started three games for Double-A Bowie from May 17-28, going 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and working 6.0 innings in each start...Missed the rest of the season with right shoulder tendinitis...Recalled and placed on the 60-day disabled list by Baltimore on September 29...Activated on November 2 and outrighted to Norfolk on November 20.
2011: Spent the majority of the season with Class-A Frederick and Bowie, while also making one relief appearance with Norfolk...Combined to go 11-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 27 games (25 starts) between the three levels...His 129 strikeouts ranked second among Orioles minor leaguers, while his 3.32 ERA was third-best among O's farmhands and his 11 wins tied for third-most in the system...Tossed four complete games (two each for Frederick and Bowie), a mark that tied for the third-most among all minor league pitchers...Named the Orioles Organizational Pitcher of the Month for June when he went 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA (4-ER, 32.0-IP) with 19 strikeouts in four games.
PERSONAL: Oliver Gardner Drake was selected by Baltimore in the 43rd round of the 2008 draft...Re-signed by the Orioles to a major league contract on 11/18/14...Attended the United States Naval Academy, where he majored in Quantitative Economics...His 78 strikeouts during his senior season ranked as the 10th most in a season in Navy history...Attended Northfield Mount Hermon High School (MA), where he earned letters in baseball and hockey.