Oliver was enrolled in the United States Naval Academy studying quantitative economics for two years prior to being selected by the Orioles in the 2008 June Draft…he was permitted to withdraw from the Academy to pursue baseball…had he returned as a junior, he would have been obligated to fulfill a five-year commitment of military service following graduation…was the second from the Naval Academy to make the majors, one month after Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris...Oliver made a pitch in July 2019 that appeared to defy the laws of physics as it tracked left to right from the right-hander…the video was shared across the Rays and Major League Baseball's social media platforms and has garnered more than 12 million total views...While at the ballpark, Oliver can usually be found working out with headphones on… instead of music, he prefers to listen to some of his favorite podcasts...He has been a hunter for around 10 years and spent time this offseason hunting deer.
Selected from Triple-A Durham on May 26 and remained in the Rays bullpen through the end of the season…his 51 apps over that stretch were one shy of Colin Poche for the team lead… recorded a career-high 5 wins, 2 saves and 70 SO and tied his career high with 56 IP...His .181 opp avg. ranked 6th among AL relievers…limited lefties to a .147 avg. (15-for-102)… min. 100 AB, it was the 3rd-lowest mark in the AL behind CLE Tyler Clippard (.123) and BOS Brandon Workman (.132)...Recorded a 16.50 SO/BB ratio against lefthanded hitters (33-SO, 2-BB)…in comparison, allowed 17 BB in addition to his 37 SO against right-handed hitters for a 2.18 SO/BB ratio...Went 5-1 with a 2.27 ERA (31.2-IP, 8-ER) in 26 apps beginning on July 28…ten of his last 11 apps were scoreless, with opponents batting .049 (2-for-41) with 20 SO against him over that span...Allowed a career-high 9 HR, including eight to right-handed batters…yielded 6 HR in his last 27 apps, compared to 3 HR in his first 23 apps...On June 19 at NYY, entered with 2-on, 1-out in the 7th inning and allowed five of his 6 BF to reach base…yielded a grand slam to Gleyber Torres, the second allowed in his career...On Aug 12 at SD, pitched two scoreless innings and hit a RBI single in the 8th, the first hit and first RBI of his career (second at-bat)…became the first Rays pitcher with a hit or RBI since Nathan Eovaldi's RBI infield single on July 8, 2018 at NYM…marked the sixth time a Rays reliever recorded a hit, following Vidal Nuño on July 3, 2018 at MIA, Wade Davis on June 9, 2012 at MIA, Jason Hammel on June 18, 2007 at ARI, Julio Santana on July 9, 1999 at FLA and Rick White on June 28, 1998 at PHI...Made 2 apps in the ALDS against the Astros…in Game 1 at HOU, yielded 2 runs in the 7th inning after retiring his first 2 BF…allowed a walk, steal, RBI double and RBI ground-rule double…in Game 3 vs. HOU, pitched a perfect 7th inning and a scoreless 8th.
Pitched in the majors for the Brewers, Indians, Angels, Blue Jays and Twins, becoming the first player in major league history to pitch for five different teams in one season…went 1-1 with a 5.29 ERA (47.2-IP, 28-ER) in 44 apps between the five teams…according to FanGraphs, batters swung and missed at 13.2 pct. of his pitches-2.5 pct. higher than the major league average…following the season, was claimed off waivers by the Rays on Nov 1, designated for assignment on Nov 20, claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Nov 26, designated for assignment on Dec 30, traded to the Rays in exchange for cash considerations on Jan 4, designated for assignment on Jan 18 and outrighted to the minor leagues on Jan 24.
Went 3-5 with a 4.66 ERA and 1 save in 64 relief appearances between Baltimore and Milwaukee during his first full Major League season... Recorded 62 strikeouts in 56.0 innings... Retired 47 of 64 first batters faced (73.4%)... Stranded 26 of 31 inherited runners (83.9%)... Began the season with the Orioles and posted an 8.10 ERA in 3 appearances (3.1ip, 3er)...Was designated for assignment by Baltimore on 4/13 and traded to Milwaukee that same day in exchange for a player to be named or cash... Went 3-5 with a 4.44 ERA and 1 save in 61 appearances with the Brewers... Notched his first Major League save on 6/15 at St. Louis
Entered the 2016 season ranked as the No. 21 prospect in the Orioles organization by Baseball America and the No. 22 O's prospect, according to MLB.com... Earned his frst career MLB win on 9/23 vs. ARI (pitched the top of the 12th inning)...Owned a 10.50 strikeouts per 9.0 IP ratio in 14 games with the Orioles (21 K/18.0 IP)...Recorded at least one strikeout in 13 of his 14 outings... Recalled by the Orioles from Triple-A Norfolk on 8/28...Pitched to a 2.72 ERA (17 ER/56.1 IP) with 10 saves over 47 games (one start) with the Tides... Posted a 12.60 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio with Triple-A Norfolk (79 K/56.1 IP)... Named International League Pitcher of the Week on 6/20 (4-for-4 in SVO, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 10 K)
Named the Orioles co-2015 Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year, along with Mychal Givens • Made four stints with the Orioles, his most recent 9/15-end of the season • Did not allow an earned run over his final five appearances with the Orioles (2 ER/5.0 IP) from 9/16-end of the season • Went 23-for-23 in save opportunities and posted a 0.82 ERA (4 ER/44.0 IP) with 66 strikeouts in 42 games with Triple-A Norfolk...Was selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game • Finished second in the International League and led all Orioles minor leaguers with 23 saves...Ranked tied for fourth among International League pitchers with 34 games finished • Named an International League post-season All-Star...Rated by Baseball America as the best reliever in the International League • Posted a 26-game scoreless streak, 4/27-8/6 with Norfolk (26.0 IP)...Made his Major League debut on 5/23 at MIA (3.0 scoreless IP) • Entering the 2016 season, is ranked as the No. 21 prospect in the Orioles organization by Baseball America and the No. 22 O's prospect, according to MLB.com
Split the season between Class-A Inland Empire, Double-A Arkansas, Triple-A Salt Lake, and the Angels. Began the season on the DL after being sidelined with right elbow inflammation from March 30-April 11. Made his 2014 Angels debut on April 12, allowing two earned runs on one hit in 0.1 inning vs. New York (NL) and was optionedto Triple-A Salt Lake the next day. Voided optional assignment to Salt Lake and was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 13 on April 15 with rights/c joint irritation. Spent the majority of the season with Salt Lake, pitching to a 3-2 record with a 5.33 ERA (25.1IP, 15ER) and three saves in 27 games. Pitched to a 1.93 ERA (4.2IP, ER) over six outings from June 2-13 before being recalled to the Angels on June 15. Was optioned back to Salt Lake on June 20. Made two appearances with the AZL Angels between two stints with Triple-A Salt Lake from June 20-end of the season.
Acquired by the Angels from Tampa Bay on March 27 in exchange for RHP Steve Geltz…Made Angels debut April 9 vs.Oakland…Completed his rookie campaign with a 6-1 record, 2.86 ERA (72.1IP, 23ER), team-best 20 holds, two saves, and 65 strikeouts…Became the first Angels rookie reliever with six wins and two saves in a season since Francisco Rodriguez in 2003… Appeared in a club-leading 75 games in 2013, breaking Bill Kelso's Angels rookie record for games pitched in a season set in1967 (69 games)…His 75 appearances ranked fifth in the AL and were third-most all-time in Angels history…Only Scot Shields (78 games, 2005) and Francisco Rodriguez (76 games, 2008) appeared in more games in a single season for the Halos…First rookie in AL history to pitch 74 or more games and allow three or fewer home runs…Among AL rookies, ranked second in games, tied for fifth in wins, and tied for third in saves and ranked fifth among AL rookie relievers in strikeouts…Tossed 17 straightscoreless outings to finish the 2013 season…In the final 26 outings (since August 2), compiled a 2-0 record with two saves, 10 holds, and a 0.41 ERA (22.0IP, ER).
Made five relief appearances for Tampa Bay across two stints with the Rays…Recalled from Triple-A Durham on April 14 and made his first appearance of the season later that night at Boston…Was optioned to Durham the following day…Following the conclusion of the Minor League season, was recalled by the Rays on September 5...Allowed two earned runs in his first Septemberappearance, but had three straight scoreless outings to conclude the regular season.
Split the season between Class-A Frederick (14G/13GS), Double-A Bowie (12GS) and Triple-A Norfolk 1G...Went 8-3 with a 2.14 ERA (96.2IP, 23ER) and 80 strikeouts for the Keys...Named Carolina League Player of the Week, June 27-July 4...Struck out season-high 10, May 25 vs. Wilmington...Tossed three-hit, complete game shutout, June 27 vs. Wilmington (6K)...Had nine Quality Starts for Frederick, including each of his final six turns...Posted a 0.92 ERA (48.2IP, 5ER) in those starts, lowering season ERA from 3.38 to 2.14...Was 5-1 with a 1.58 ERA (51.1IP, 9ER) and 49K in seven home starts for Frederick...Made 12 starts for the Baysox, going 3-5 with a 5.20 ERA...Earned the win with a 10K complete game vs. Richmond, July 14...Went 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA (35.0IP, 14ER) in six home starts for Bowie.
Finished second on the Keys in games started (21) and innings pitched (128.0)...Struck out a career-high 11 battersAugust 13 against Winston-Salem.
Tied for the Shorebirds lead in wins (8)...Finished second on the club in strikeouts (104)...Allowed two earned runs or lessin eight of his first ten starts of the season.
Put up a 0.87 ERA after being called up to Aberdeen...Had a career high five strikeouts August 27 against Vermont.