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Oliver Drake 2015 MiLBY Reliever of the Year.


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Minor League Baseball today announced that Norfolk Tides RHP Oliver Drake has been awarded with a MiLBY as the Top Relief Pitcher for the 2015 season.

Drake, 28, appeared in 42 games with the Tides in 2015, going 1-2 with a 0.82 ERA. He was 23-for-23 in save opportunities with Norfolk, and he held opposing hitters to a .151 average while allowing just 23 hits and striking out 66 batters in 44.0 innings pitched. The U.S. Naval Academy product also made 13 relief appearances for the Baltimore Orioles, posting a 2.87 ERA while striking out 17 in 15.2 innings of work.

Drake was originally selected by Baltimore in the 43rd round of the 2008 draft. Along with his MiLBY Award, Drake was also named the Orioles co-Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year (alongside RHP Mychal Givens) and as the Top Reliever on the International League's Postseason All-Star Team.

The MiLBY Awards are presented by MiLB.com and are given annually to the most outstanding players, teams, single-game performances and moments throughout each Minor League baseball season.

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That's very nice for him, he had a good year. Hopefully he'll be productive for the 2016 Orioles. But they really just gave a Minor League Reliever of the Year award to a guy who pitched 44 innings in 42 games? He was about 300th in the affiliated minors in games pitched. I probably would have leaned more towards someone like this with a lot more innings, but I guess it's not huge thing.

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That's very nice for him, he had a good year. Hopefully he'll be productive for the 2016 Orioles. But they really just gave a Minor League Reliever of the Year award to a guy who pitched 44 innings in 42 games? He was about 300th in the affiliated minors in games pitched. I probably would have leaned more towards someone like this with a lot more innings, but I guess it's not huge thing.

I thought Givens had the better year and he spent half of it in Baltimore.

Interview:

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20151028&content_id=155580010&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

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That's very nice for him, he had a good year. Hopefully he'll be productive for the 2016 Orioles. But they really just gave a Minor League Reliever of the Year award to a guy who pitched 44 innings in 42 games? He was about 300th in the affiliated minors in games pitched. I probably would have leaned more towards someone like this with a lot more innings, but I guess it's not huge thing.

16-19 saves to Oliver's 23-23? Pah! What a piddling candidate.

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I thought Givens had the better year and he spent half of it in Baltimore.

Interview:

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20151028&content_id=155580010&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

I think the fact that the O's chose to bring Givens to Baltimore for the second half while leaving Drake in Norfolk is a pretty clear indicator that they believed Givens had a better chance of getting major league hitters out. I think Drake will do OK at the major league level, but from what I saw, major league hitters were able to lay off his pitches that drop out of the strike zone (9 BB in 15.2 IP) much better than the minor leaguers were (16 BB in 44 IP).

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3 OUTS: 1 Strikeout, 1 Groundout, 1 Flyout

OLIVER GARDNER DRAKE O(vs. YANKEES, 3/18) O[spring Training]

IP:. 1

H:;; 0 ll

R:l) 0

BB: 2

SO: 1

Pitches: 24 (13 Strikes, 11 Balls)

PITCHES BY INNING

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24 (13 Strikes, 11 Balls)

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3 OUTS: 1 Strikeout, 1 Groundout, 1 Flyout

OLIVER GARDNER DRAKE O(vs. YANKEES, 3/18) O[spring Training]

IP:. 1

H:;; 0 ll

R:l) 0

BB: 2

SO: 1

Pitches: 24 (13 Strikes, 11 Balls)

PITCHES BY INNING

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24 (13 Strikes, 11 Balls)

4 days later:

(vs. TWINS, 3/22) O[spring Training]

1 Inning

2 Strikeouts

3 up, 3 down.

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4 days later:

(vs. TWINS, 3/22) O[spring Training]

1 Inning

2 Strikeouts

3 up, 3 down.

If the bullpen is going to be Britton, O'Day, Brach, Givens, Matusz, Bundy, and Worley.....I think Drake is the first man up. His nasty split gives him back of the bullpen stuff. Chance he could break with the team if they decide not to keep Worley and make Bundy the long man.

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If the bullpen is going to be Britton, O'Day, Brach, Givens, Matusz, Bundy, and Worley.....I think Drake is the first man up. His nasty split gives him back of the bullpen stuff. Chance he could break with the team if they decide not to keep Worley and make Bundy the long man.

Matusz might not be ready for OD.

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Do you think we are overlooking him here on the OH?

He could make the team if Matusz is not ready for OD.

I'm not sure.

I'm just a pseudo reporter that gives the results of the Orioles pitchers in as much detail as I can ...... although I occasionally give my rat's ass of an opinion on said pitchers' outings, as well.

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Do you think we are overlooking him here on the OH?

Roch is asking himself the same question:

Oliver Drake shouldn't be ignored - and I'm guilty of it. He tossed another scoreless inning yesterday, striking out Darin Mastroianni and Joe Mauer, and hasn't surrendered a run in seven innings over seven appearances this spring.

Drake has allowed four hits, walked three and struck out eight. Has anyone noticed?

http://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2016/03/wondering-about-the-roster.html

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