We basically hope Oliver Drake has been renting this season.
He’s had to keep a suitcase packed all year.
When the 31-yr-ancient reliever perfect up for the Minnesota Twins within the ninth inning of an 8-2 bewitch Aug. four, he made major League Baseball background. Minnesota’s white throwback jersey with the pinstripes and cursive “Twins” across the chest became Drake’s fifth diverse uniform he’s worn in 2018.
He’s the primary participant to play for five massive-league companies in the equal season in view that Harry Wheeler in 1884.
Wheeler turned into a pitcher, outfielder and first baseman Domino Qiu Qiu who performed 257 games from 1878-84. He desirable up for five teams in 1884, playing for the St. Louis Browns of the American association an immense league lower back then and the Kansas city Cowboys, Chicago Browns, Pittsburgh Stogies and Baltimore Monumentals of the Union affiliation the lone season of that league’s existence.
Drake, unfortunately, has on no account pitched for a team dubbed the “Stogies,” however he’s toed the rubber for the Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, los angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and the Twins this season.
“I do have jerseys from all of them,” Drake advised MLBm. “So the man cave will have lots of jerseys. It’ll be a heck of a fable.”
His odyssey throughout MLB begun with a trade to Cleveland in early may additionally. here’s a brief recap of Drake’s busy 12 months to this point:
DATE crew TRANSACTION may additionally 2 Brewers detailed for task may additionally 5 Brewers Traded to Indians for money may additionally 26 Indians precise for assignment might also 31 Angels Claimed off waivers from Indians June sixteen Angels specified for assignment June 19 Angels despatched outright to Triple-A Salt Lake July 6 Angels chosen contract from Triple-A Salt Lake July 23 Angels exact for task July 26 Blue Jays Claimed off waivers from Angels July 30 Blue Jays targeted for project Aug. three Twins Claimed off waivers from Blue Jays
Drake also tied a record for many American League groups performed for in a season, 4, which hadn’t been performed in over 60 years. Pitcher Ted gray remaining did it in 1955, hurling briefly for the White Sox, Indians, Yankees and Orioles. Outfielder Paul Lehner Athletics, White Sox, Browns and Indians did it four years previous whereas outfielder Frank Hueslman White Sox, Tigers, Browns, Senators changed into the primary to, uh, accomplish the feat again in 1904.
up to now eight players in the contemporary period had looked for 4 major-league teams; the final to do it became Oswaldo Arcia in 2016, with the Twins being one in every of his stops. The others had been Willis Hudlin 1940, Mike Kilkenny 1972, Wes Covington 1961, Dave Kingman 1977, Dave Martinez 2000, Dan Miceli 2003 and Jose Bautista 2004. furthermore, in 1884, George Strief performed for 4 groups but he doubtless acquired misplaced within the shadow of Wheeler.
Drake has spent most of his 2018 campaign with Milwaukee, recording 12 23 innings of work for the Brewers. His numbers don’t exactly pop off the charts — a 7.31 period in 28 13 innings — but his career 9.9 okay9 shows promise out of the bullpen, which is why 17 % of the league has requested his capabilities in 2018.
crew G IP R H okay BB era WHIP Brewers 11 12 23 9 14 15 8 6.39 1.737 Indians 4 4 1three 6 7 4 1 12.forty six 1.846 Angels eight 8 2three 5 15 eight 1 5.19 1.846 Blue Jays 2 1 2three three four 2 0 16.20 2.four hundred Twins 1 1 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.000 total 26 28 1three 23 40 30 10 7.31 1.765
chosen within the forty third circular by Baltimore out of the U.S. Naval Academy in 2008, Drake pitched his way throughout the minor leagues for eight seasons before making his MLB debut for the Orioles in 2015. He looked in 30 video games for Baltimore from 2015-17 earlier than being sent to Milwaukee in change for cash April 14, 2017.
That was the first of many transactions in his years ahead.
With six teams on his MLB resume, Drake nevertheless has some work to do if he’s going to fit pally pitchers Octavio Dotel and Edwin Jackson for probably the most groups played for all-time: 13.