Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sam Drake, International Diplomacy - 6

Sam Drake took part in a bit of international diplomacy this day in April 1989, and he did so without giving up a hit.

Drake pitched for Georgia Tech against the Soviet National Team, a country with limited experience in the game. Drake and two other Georgia Tech pitchers no-hit the Soviets over a 13-1 shortened seven-inning win.

Drake went on from Georgia Tech to turn pro. His pro career lasted three seasons. He made it to high-A Stockton.

Drake's career began in 1989, taken by the Brewers in the 24th round of the draft out of Georgia Tech.

At Georgia Tech, Drake went seven innings in a March 1988 game, giving up four hits in a 9-3 win.

He won freshman All-America honors in 1987, winning 11 games that year. He won 22 games and struckout 256 over his time at the school.

Drake played his first year with the Brewers between single-A Beloit and rookie Helena. In nine outings, he went 3-1, with a 3.98 ERA.

He played 1990 back at Beloit. He got 13 starts. He went 2-4, with a 5.37 ERA. Drake then played 1991 between Beloit and high-A Stockton. He went 4-5 on the year, with a 4.12 ERA, ending his career.
  • Chicago Tribune, April 21, 1989: Briefs
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,656
Made the Majors:1,026-38.6%
Never Made Majors:1,630-61.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 425
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

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