John Bailey Ober (pronounced OH-burr)...Twitter: @baileyOB_17...Instagram: @oberbailey...spent prep years at Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, NC...member of North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) state championship teams in 2012 and 2013...named 2013 Collegiate Baseball All-American second-team...named All-NCISAA first team...named Charlotte Area Pitcher of the Year... posted 10-0 record with 0.45 ERA and 99 strikeouts as a senior...led Charlotte Christian School to No. 22 national ranking by Collegiate Baseball in 2013...was 10-1 with 1.00 ERA as a junior...also played prep basketball...attended College of Charleston from 2014-17, missing the 2015 season recovering from Tommy John Surgery on right elbow...compiled a 24-9 record with a 2.91 ERA and 254 strikeouts in 259.2 innings over the course of his career at the College of Charleston...posted a 7-2 record with a 4.50 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 56.0 innings of work as a redshirt junior in 2017 at the College of Charleston...in 10 starts surrendered a career-low 11 walks while going 5-0 at home...in his freshman season compiled a 10-3 record with a 1.52 ERA and 85 strikeouts...named 2014 NCBWA National Freshman Pitcher of the Year...was also named the 2014 CAA Rookie of the Year and CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player while helping the Cougars advance to the Super Regionals for the second time...the 2016 All-CAA Second Team selection is tied for second in the program record book with 24 career victories, and also ranks third in strikeouts (254), fourth in ERA (2.91), seventh in innings pitched (259.2), and eighth in winning percentage (.727)...is a big Cam Newton fan.
Spent spring training on minor league side of CenturyLink Sports Complex in Ft. Myers, FL...was not part of Twins' 60-man Player Pool for season...Added to Twins 40-man roster on November 20. A Ranked 30th-best prospect in Twins system by MLB.com in December.
Split season between three levels of Twins organization, combining to go 8-0, 0.69 ERA (78.2 IP, 6 ER) with nine walks, 100 strikeouts and a .194 opponents batting average in 14 games (13 starts) for GCL Twins, Single-A Ft. Myers and Double-A Pensacola...led all Twins minor league pitchers (min. 75.0 IP) with a 0.69 ERA (78.2 IP, 6 ER) and 0.81 WHIP...became the first Twins minor league pitcher to allow six-or-fewer earned runs in 78.2-or-more innings pitched since at least 1961...named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for Ft. Myers on April 14 and Southern League Pitcher of the Week for Pensacola on September 2...named Twins minor league Pitcher of the Week twice on the season: once for Ft. Myers on August 4 (6.1 IP, 0 ER, 6 H in 1 start) and again on August 25 with Pensacola (1-0, 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 12 K)...held right-handed batters to a .183 (28-for-153) batting average and left-handed batters to a .206 (27-for-131).
Made a career-high 14 starts for Single-A Cedar Rapids, going 7-1, 3.84 ERA (75.0 IP, 32 ER)...named Twins minor league Pitcher of the Week in consecutive weeks: July 7, going 1-0 with 7.0 shutout innings and 12 strikeouts vs. Wisconsin for the Kernels, and again July 14, going 1-0 with two runs allowed in 7.0 innings and 10 strikeouts vs. Fort Wayne...became first ever Twin to win the award twice in a season.
Began his spring/summer baseball season playing at College of Charleston, going 7-2, 4.50 ERA (56.0 IP, 28 ER) with 11 walks and 73 strikeouts in 10 starts prior to beginning his professional career with Rookie-Elizabethton in late July, making six appearances (4 starts) for the E-Twins.