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O's Oliver Drake named Top Relief Pitcher by Minor League Baseball

Orioles prospect Oliver Drake went 23-for-23 in save opportunities at Triple-A Norfolk last season.

And the MiLBY goes to ... Orioles prospect Oliver Drake, who was named Top Relief Pitcher for the 2015 season by Minor League Baseball on Wednesday.  

Drake, 28, appeared in 42 games with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in 2015, going 1-2 with a 0.82 ERA. He went 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 Orioles, posting a 2.87 ERA while striking out 17 in 15.2 innings of work.

The right-hander 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 (along with 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. 

**Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was named to the Sporting News American League All-Star team for 2015, sharing the positional honor with Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers

The Sporting News' 90th anniversary all-star team was selected by a panel of 22 AL executives prior to the start of the postseason. It's Davis' second such honor, having been named to the team in 2013. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson were the top vote-getters. 

Davis batted .262 with a major-league best 47 home runs and 117 RBIs. No other Oriole made the team although third baseman Manny Machado and closer Zach Britton received votes.

**Orioles outfielder David Lough has been declared a Super Two player and thus is eligible for arbitration. Lough batted just .201 in 84 games last season. 

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