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47 Oliver Drake RP

Tampa Bay Rays

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August 9, 2020 11:24 AM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Shut down with biceps tendinitis
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The Rays placed Drake on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right biceps tendinitis, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.

Drake likely picked up the injury during his appearance Saturday in the first game of the Rays' doubleheader with the Yankees. The Rays' co-leader in saves with two on the season, Drake's absence makes the team's closing picture slightly less cluttered, but manager Kevin Cash is still expected to mix and match in the ninth inning. Nick Anderson and Diego Castillo look like the top bets to garner save chances while Drake is sidelined.

August 3, 2020 02:32 AM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Dinged with second loss
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Drake (0-2) took the loss in the Rays' extra-innings defeat at the hands of the Orioles on Saturday, allowing an unearned run on no hits and one walk while recording a strikeout over 1.2 innings.

Drake was charged with the loss after Chaz Roe allowed a Pat Valaika game-winning single in the 11th inning that plated inherited runner Bryan Holaday. The right-hander sports an 0-2 mark despite having allowed just one earned run over 4.1 innings across his first four appearances, and he remains a trusted option for manager Kevin Cash. Drake has already recorded two saves on the campaign.

July 29, 2020 06:28 PM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Secures second save
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Drake recorded one strikeout in a perfect ninth inning to record the save during Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Braves.

The veteran righty was afforded a three-run cushion and made quick work of Atlanta, retiring the side in order on 11 pitches (10 strikes). Drake wasn't expected to begin the season in the mix for saves in Tampa Bay, yet he's recorded the team's first two saves to open 2020 over the likes of Nick Anderson, Diego Castillo and Jose Alvarado. It remains to be seen whether manager Kevin Cash continues to utilize Drake as a traditional closer, but through five games he's converted both chances.

July 25, 2020 11:08 PM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Picks up save
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Drake earned the save Saturday against Toronto, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out one batter.

After the Rays put up three runs in the bottom of the eighth, Drake was called upon to nail down the save. He did so with ease, throwing nine of 14 pitches for strikes and retiring the side in order. Most observers assumed Nick Anderson would get the first save opportunity for Tampa Bay this season, but he was instead used to get the final out of the seventh and all three outs in the eighth to pick up the win. The Rays' bullpen situation is far from settled and manager Kevin Cash has directly stated that he doesn't want to name a single closer, so it's safe to expect both Anderson and Drake -- and possibly others -- to be in the mix for saves this season.

July 8, 2020 01:44 AM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Throws live BP on Monday
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Drake was one of several Rays pitchers to throw live batting practice at Monday's summer camp workout, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 33-year-old reliever is thought to have job security after putting together a highly effective 2019 debut campaign with the Rays. Drake provided 11 holds and furnished a stellar 70:19 K:BB across 56 innings over 50 appearances last season, and he should be in for another robust workload during the upcoming truncated campaign.

April 5, 2020 05:52 PM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Seems like roster lock
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Drake is considered to have a very strong chance of sticking on the Opening Day roster, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

The veteran right-hander earned his job security this spring by producing four scoreless, one-hit innings across four Grapefruit League appearances while generating a 7:1 K:BB. That follows a stellar 2019 Rays debut campaign during which Drake posted a 3.21 ERA and 0.98 WHIP over 50 appearances while also logging 11 holds and two saves. With rosters potentially being expanded to 29 players when the season begins, there doesn't currently appear to be a chance Drake is anywhere but the big-league bullpen to open the campaign.

February 22, 2020 10:40 AM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Flashes breaking ball in BP
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Drake, who threw his first live batting practice of the spring Friday, was experimenting with a breaking pitch during the season, Juan Toribio of reports.

The veteran right-hander was rock solid last season, posting a 5-2 record with 11 holds, two saves, a 3.21 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP across 50 appearances while primarily relying on his fastball and splitter. Drake decided to add a breaking pitch this offseason in a bid to improve against right-handed hitters, who generated an .857 OPS against him in 2019.

January 10, 2020 11:24 PM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Gets just over $1 million
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Drake agreed to a one-year, $1.025 million deal with the Rays on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.

This was Drake's first of three years as an arbitration-eligible player. He should occupy a mid-leverage role in a loaded Rays bullpen.

September 28, 2019 01:00 PM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Grabs fifth win
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Drake (5-2) was credited with the win in a victory over the Blue Jays on Friday, allowing an earned run on a solo home run across two innings. He struck out four.

Drake made one mistake, which resulted in a two-run home run by Teoscar Hernandez, of which only one run was charged to Drake. Otherwise, the right-hander turned in yet another strong September effort, even as he saw a 10-appearance scoreless streak snapped. The 32-year-old has recorded multiple strikeouts in three of his last four outings and has five holds and two saves to go along with his two victories across his 14 trips to the mound during the month.

September 8, 2019 06:08 PM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Picks up second save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Drake struck out the side during a scoreless ninth inning to record his second save in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

The 32-year-old's only other save this season came in July, so it's very random he just received his second save. It's not as if he's been pitching well lately to deserve a save opportunity, as he came into the night yielding three runs in his last three frames. Still, owners have to keep Drake on the radar for saves down the stretch, adding to the headache that is the Rays closer situation. Drake is 4-2 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 44 innings this season.

September 6, 2019 01:36 AM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Picks up fourth win in relief
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Drake (4-2) earned the win Thursday against the Blue Jays, striking out three while allowing two runs on two hits across one inning.

Drake came into the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead. He allowed a single to Reese McGuire, followed by a two-run home run to Bo Bichette, which tied the game at 4-4. Luckily, Austin Meadows homered in the bottom of the frame, gifting Drake and the Rays with the win. Across 39 appearances, Drake owns a 3.98 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.

August 10, 2019 10:24 AM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Earns relief win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Drake (1-1) tossed a scoreless inning Friday, allowing a pair of hits and striking out two to earn the win in a 5-3 win over the Mariners.

Drake was the beneficiary of a three-run rally by the Rays in the ninth, which made him the pitcher of record. The right-hander has a 4.03 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 29 innings this season, primarily working in low-leverage situations.

July 15, 2019 11:36 PM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Picks up first save
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Drake struck out the only batter he faced to record the final out of the game, and his first save of the season, in Monday's 5-4 win over the Yankees.

Diego Castillo and Emilio Pagan both pitched earlier in the night, so after Travis d'Arnaud slugged a game-winning homer off Aroldis Chapman in the top of the ninth inning, Rays manager Kevin Cash had to get creative. Drake, who is on his seventh team in five major-league seasons, now has a 3.80 ERA and 27:9 K:BB through 21.1 innings with four holds in 20 appearances, and the journeyman isn't likely to suddenly become a big part of the closing committee for Tampa.

May 26, 2019 01:04 PM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Gets call to big leagues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rays selected Drake's contract from Triple-A Durham on Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Tampa Bay optioned fellow reliever Casey Sadler to Triple-A to open up a spot in the bullpen for Drake, but the organization will still need to remove a player from the 40-man roster to facilitate the transaction. Drake has yet to appear in the big leagues this season but logged 44 appearances in 2018 between five different teams, accruing a 5.29 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 47.2 innings.

January 24, 2019 03:32 PM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Outrighted to Triple-A
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Drake was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Juan Toribio of The Athletic reports.

Drake opted to accept his assignment to Durham after passing through waivers untouched. The 32-year-old spent time with six organizations in 2018, posting a combined 5.29 ERA and 51:17 K:BB across 47.2 innings of relief. He'll compete for a spot in Tampa Bay's bullpen as a middle reliever.

January 19, 2019 10:04 AM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Designated for assignment yet again
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Drake was designated for assignment by the Rays on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

After spending time with six organizations over the last calendar year, Drake could be on the way to his third of 2019 just three weeks into the new year, assuming he gets claimed off waivers. Drake's recent history suggests that he's viewed as as asset with enough potential that some team will want him, but it's far from guaranteed that he'll remain with that team through the start of the season. The transaction makes room for the Rays to officially sign outfielder Avisail Garcia.

January 5, 2019 10:56 AM
Rays' Oliver Drake: Traded to Tampa Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Drake was sent from Toronto to Tampa Bay in exchange for cash considerations Friday, Juan Toribio of The Athletic reports.

Drake spent time with six organizations in 2018, pitching for the Brewers, Indians, Angels, Blue Jays and Twins before moving to Tampa and then back to Toronto already this offseason. Now back with the Rays, he's already onto his second organization of 2019 just four days into the year, putting him on pace for 182.5 teams. The fact that the Rays have already acquired him twice this offseason suggests that his nomadic lifestyle may be about to end, but even a 3.24 FIP last season didn't help him settle down, so it's too early to tell for sure.

December 30, 2018 05:48 PM
Blue Jays' Oliver Drake: Booted off 40-man roster
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Drake was designated for assignment by Toronto on Sunday.

Drake was claimed by the Blue Jays at the end of November, but he's already been kicked off the 40-man roster. It's unclear at this point where he'll begin the 2019 campaign, especially given his reputation as a journeyman.

November 26, 2018 06:44 PM
Blue Jays' Oliver Drake: Scooped up by Blue Jays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Drake was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Monday.

Drake will rejoin the Blue Jays -- one of five teams he pitched for in 2018 -- after being designated for assignment by Tampa Bay last week. The veteran reliever compiled a 5.29 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 51:17 K:BB across 47.2 big-league frames in 2018. It wouldn't be surprising if the Blue Jays attempted to pass him through waivers before the start of the 2019 campaign.

November 21, 2018 12:32 PM
Rays' Oliver Drake: DFA'd by Rays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Drake was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Drake was claimed by the Rays at the start of November and has now spent time with six organizations in 2018. The 31-year-old totaled a 5.29 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 47.2 major-league innings this past season.

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vs Houston 1.000 18.00021
vs LHB 30.100 0.300233
vs RHB 25.200 6.6601737
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Tampa Bay Rays
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