Jake Arrieta

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Jake Arrieta
Jake Arrieta 2011.jpg
Arrieta with the Baltimore Orioles
Chicago Cubs – No. 49
Pitcher
Born: (1986-03-06) March 6, 1986 (age 29)
Farmington, Missouri
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 10, 2010 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through August 31, 2015)
Win–loss record 51–38
Earned run average 3.90
Strikeouts 671
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Jacob Joseph "Jake" Arrieta (born March 6, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles.

Amateur career[edit]

High School[edit]

Born in Farmington, Missouri, Arrieta grew up in Plano, Texas, and attended Plano East Senior High School. As a high school senior he was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 31st round of the 2004 draft but instead chose to attend college.[1][2]

College[edit]

He attended Weatherford Junior College for his freshman year posting a 6-2 win-loss record with a 3.58 earned run average (ERA).[1] Following his freshman year Arrieta was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft but instead opted to transfer to Texas Christian University where he played for the Horned Frogs baseball team for his sophomore and junior seasons and studied sport psychology.[3][1] During his sophomore year, Arreita led college baseball with 14 wins and had a 2.35 ERA over 19 appearances.[3] He also won the Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year award and was named a Second-Team College Baseball All-American after his sophomore year.[4]

International play[edit]

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

Arrieta first joined the United States national baseball team 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.[5] 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.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Draft and minors[edit]

Arrieta was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft and received a $1.1 million signing bonus.[7][8]

Arrieta was 6–5 with a 2.87 earned run average and 120 strikeouts over twenty starts for the Frederick Keys of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League 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 pitching for the Norfolk Tides in 2009

Arrieta made his major league debut on June 10, 2010 against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.[9] He pitched six innings, giving up four hits and three runs, striking out six Yankee batters and earning the win.[10] 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.[11] 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, the Orioles traded Arrieta along with Pedro Strop to the Chicago Cubs for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger.[12] He was optioned to the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League 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.[13] 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 eight more starts before the end of the season. In his nine 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. Twice he took no-hitters into the seventh or further. On June 24, Arrieta retired the first 18 Reds in order, but the perfect game was broken up by Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton's leadoff double in the seventh. On June 30, 2014, against the Red Sox, Arrieta had taken a no-hitter into the 8th until Stephen Drew singled to lead off the inning.[citation needed]

As of September 24, 2014, he had posted a 10–5 record with a 2.53 ERA. In 156.2 innings he gave up 114 hits, walked 41, and struck out 167. On three occasions he has taken a no-hitter past the seventh inning.[14]

Just before the All-Star Break on July 12, 2015, he pitched a complete game and allowed only two hits striking out nine in a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field. This was his second complete game of the season and the third of his major league career. Jake hit his first major league home run with a solo shot to left field in the 5th inning.[15][16] At the all-star break in 2015, Arrieta had started 18 games and 121.2 innings pitched, a club leading 10-5 record, an ERA of 2.66 with 123 strikeouts (tied for 7th in MLB and tied for 4th in NL) and only 25 walks. On August 20, 2015, Jake became the first MLB pitcher to win 15 games in the 2015 season.[17] Ten days later, Arrieta no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 at Dodger Stadium for the 14th no-hitter in Cubs history. He struck out 12 batters, including all three batters he faced in both the first and ninth innings. Sandy Koufax had been the last pitcher to complete a no-hitter by striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning, doing so in his perfect game in 1965.[18]

Pitching style[edit]

Arrieta throws five different pitches. He throws a four-seam fastball, sinker, slider, curveball, and a changeup. His fastball averages around 95 miles per hour (153 km/h), sometimes reaching close to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). He relies on ground balls and swinging strikes.[19] His slider averages 88 miles per hour (142 km/h) with late break peaking out at 91 miles per hour (146 km/h) and his curve sits at 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) with two-plane break. His changeup has tailing motion like a two-seam fastball and ranges from 86 to 89 miles per hour (138 to 143 km/h).[20]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jake Arrieta". TCU Athletics. 
  2. ^ "MLB 2004 Draft selections, Day 2". ESPN. 2004-06-08. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  3. ^ a b Muskat, Carrie (2015-02-22). "Strong body and mind fuel Cubs' Arrieta". MLB.com. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Arrieta named NCBWA preseason 1st-team All-American". TCU Athletics. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  5. ^ "TCU Athletics". Retrieved August 18, 2008. 
  6. ^ "More tension than expected in U.S. win". Retrieved August 18, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Minor League Baseball". Retrieved August 18, 2008. 
  8. ^ O'Brien, Ben (2008-08-07). "Arrieta To Live Olympic Dream". Plano Star Courier. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  9. ^ http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/blogs/sports/orioles/article_5e9fe146-74e3-11df-a231-001cc4c002e0.html
  10. ^ "O's Arrieta beats Yankees in MLB debut". Baltimore Orioles. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Transactions". Baltimore Orioles. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  12. ^ Wetmore, Derek (June 14, 2013). "Orioles recall Arrieta from Triple-A Norfolk". MLB.com. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ Randhawa, Manny (July 31, 2013). "Cubs falter after Arrieta's strong debut". MLB.com. 
  14. ^ Rogers, Phil. "Arrieta looks like pitching cornerstone for Cubs". MLB.com. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ Muskat, Carrie; Garno, Greg (July 12, 2015). "Arrieta goes distance, goes deep in 10th win". MLB.com. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Jake Arrieta masterful as Cubs avoid sweep vs. White Sox". CSNChicago.com. July 12, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  17. ^ Bowman, Mark; Muskat, Carrie (August 21, 2015). "Arrieta first to 15 wins as Cubs rout Braves". MLB.com. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Chi Cubs at LA Dodgers - 2015-08-30 - Major League Baseball - Yahoo! Sports". Yahoo Sports. August 31, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  19. ^ Breen, J.P. (2014-07-01). "The Buyer's Guide Jake Arrieta". Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved 2015-08-31. 
  20. ^ "Player Card: Jake Arrieta". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Mike Fiers
No-hitter pitcher
August 30, 2015
Succeeded by
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