When Cody Dube was drafted he could not believe it. Dube, a pitcher from Windham, Maine, who attended Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire was drafted in the 10th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. After a strong 2016 season with the Orioles short-season A ball affiliate, the Aberdeen Iron Birds, Dube looks to build on that success in 2017. I was able to catch up with Dube to ask him a few questions about his experiences and expectations for this year.
When asked about being drafted, Dube says it was a very surreal experience. He said there was a lot of emotions running through his mind when he got the call. He was mainly excited because he was able to share the moment with his family. Dube was the 3rd division 3 player drafted in the 2016 MLB Draft and the first Keene State player taken since 2011.
When asked about what it was like to play minor league baseball, he says minor league baseball was an amazing experience and he was glad he can finally focus on just baseball. Dube said “My whole life I have always played baseball but also had a secondary focus like school or work. Now it can be the primary focus which makes it that much more fun.” Dube also said that there was not much of an adjustment between college and the minor leagues.
Dube spent his first season with the Aberdeen IronBirds which is the Orioles short A affiliate in the New York Penn League. The IronBirds are primarily owned by Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. When asked about what it was like to play in Aberdeen, Dube replied “Aberdeen was great. The stadium, our facilities, and the people all made for a really good experience, so it was really nice playing for a team owned by an Orioles legend.” Dube posted a 3-1 record with a 2.54 ERA in 11 starts for Aberdeen.
Dube is not the only player from Maine in the Orioles system, as current Orioles super utility man Ryan Flaherty is from Portland, Maine. When asked about this Dube said, “I was able to workout with Ryan Flaherty for a couple weeks in the offseason. It was cool to pick his brain. He’s a great guy.” Dube says his offseason program was not much different than years past. He said the only difference this year, was he had more time at home. The workouts and throwing programs were similar to what he did in college.
The 2017 season has potential to be a big season for Dube, who says his goals for the year are staying consistent and staying strong at the next level. Dube is looking to make one of the Orioles single A affiliates, either the Delmarva ShoreBirds or the Frederick Keys.