Jake Arrieta

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Jake Arrieta
Jake Arrieta 2011.jpg
Chicago Cubs – No. 49
Born: (1986-03-06) March 6, 1986 (age 28)
Farmington, Missouri
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 10, 2010 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through 2013)
Win–loss record 24–27
Earned run average 5.23
Strikeouts 314

Jacob Joseph Arrieta (born March 6, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

Early life[edit]

Arrieta grew up in Plano, Texas, attended Plano East Senior High School, as a fan of Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers. For college he went to Texas Christian University and played baseball there.

Professional career[edit]

Draft and minors[edit]

Arrieta pitching for the Norfolk Tides, Triple-A affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles, in 2009.

Arrieta was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers while attending Weatherford College in the 31st round of the 2004 draft, but opted, instead, to attend Texas Christian University. He was then selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth round of the June 2007 draft.[1]

Arrieta was 6–5 with a 2.87 earned run average and 120 strikeouts over twenty starts for the Frederick Keys when his season ended in order to allow him to play for the USA Baseball team at the summer Olympics in Beijing.

Baltimore Orioles (2010-2013)[edit]

Arrieta made his major league debut on June 10, 2010 against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.[2] He pitched six innings, giving up four hits and three runs, striking out six Yankee batters and earning the win.[3] He started the home openers for the Orioles in 2011 and 2012. Both starts resulted in victories for the Orioles. After starting the 2012 season 3-9 with an ERA of 6.13, Arrieta was demoted to Triple-A on July 6, 2012.[4] Arrieta began the 2013 season with four starts until being sent down to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides on April 22, 2013. He was recalled by the Orioles on May 18, and then optioned back down on May 23. He was recalled again on June 14. In 5 starts with the Orioles in 2013, Arrieta went 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA.

Chicago Cubs (2013-present)[edit]

On July 2, 2013 Arrieta was traded along with Pedro Strop to the Cubs for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger.[5] He was optioned to Triple-A Iowa upon being acquired. After making 5 starts for Iowa, Arrieta was recalled to start Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Brewers on July 30. In his Chicago debut, he gave up 1 run in 6 innings, earning a no-decision in the 3-2 loss.[6] After the game, Arrieta was optioned to Iowa, where he made 2 more starts before being recalled on August 14 to replace Carlos Villanueva in the rotation. He made 8 more starts before the end of the season. In 9 starts with Chicago, he went 4-2 with a 3.66 ERA, striking out 37 in 51.2 innings. In 30 games (29 starts) in 2013 including the minors, Arrieta went 12-9 with a 4.42 ERA, striking out 137 in 154.2 innings.

International career[edit]

Jake Arrieta
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Competitor for  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze 2008 Beijing National team
World University Championship
Gold 2006 Havana National team

Arrieta first joined Team USA in 2006 and helped the team win the World University Baseball Championship in Cuba. He was 4–0 with 34 strikeouts and a 0.27 ERA—allowing just one earned run in 35 innings pitched over six starts for the team.[7] In his first start at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Arrieta pitched six innings and struck out seven in Team USA's 9–1 victory over the China national baseball team.[8]

Scouting report[edit]

Arrieta throws four pitches, a four seam fastball, curveball, changeup and slider. His curveball is his best pitch.[citation needed]

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