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United States Naval Academy

Navy pitcher drafted by Braves

Navy pitcher drafted by Braves

Major League Baseball hasn't shown a whole lot of interest in Naval Academy players over the years. That mindset may be changing after two former Navy pitchers reached the big leagues this season. Mitch Harris received national attention on April 26 when he became the first Naval Academy graduate to appear in a major league regular season game since Nemo Gaines in 1921. Harris, a 2008 graduate of the academy, has been with the St. Louis Cardinals ever since and has made 16 relief appearances. In late May, Oliver Drake accomplished the same feat by coming out of the bullpen for the Baltimore Orioles. Drake, who left the Naval Academy following his sophomore year after being drafted...