Jake Arrieta

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Jake Arrieta
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Arrieta with the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs – No. 49
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 July 25, 2015)
Win–loss record 45–38
Earned run average 4.12
Strikeouts 622

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

Early life[edit]

Born in Farmington, Missouri, Arrieta grew up in Plano, Texas and attended Plano East Senior High School as a fan of Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers. He attended Weatherford College for one year before transferring to Texas Christian University where he played baseball for three years.

Professional career[edit]

Draft and minors[edit]

Arrieta was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds while attending Weatherford College in the 31st round of the 2004 draft, but opted 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 pitching for the Baltimore Orioles in 2011

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. On June 30, against the Red Sox, Arrieta had taken a no-hitter into the 8th until the Red Sox SS, Stephen Drew singled to lead off the inning.

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.[7]

Just before the all-star break on July 11, 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.[8][9] At the all-star break in 2015, Arrieta had started 18 games and 121.2 innings pitched, a club leading 10-5 record, an extremely low era of 2.66 with 123 strikeouts (tied for 7th in MLB and tied for 4th in NL) and only 25 walks.

Pitching style[edit]

Arrieta throws four different pitches. He throws a fastball, slider, curveball, and a change-up. His fastball hovers around 95 mph, sometimes reaching close to 100 mph. He relies on ground balls and swinging strikes.

International career[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 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.[10] 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.[11]

Scouting report[edit]

Arrieta features a five-pitch mix which includes a four seam fastball, sinker, slider, curveball, and changeup. His fastball sits at 93-95 and tops out at 100 mph. His slider/cutter hybrid averages 88 mph with late break peaking out at 91 mph and his curve sits at 80 with two-plane break.[12]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ "Minor League Baseball". Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  2. ^ http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/blogs/sports/orioles/article_5e9fe146-74e3-11df-a231-001cc4c002e0.html
  3. ^ Ghiroli, Brittany. "O's Arrieta beats Yankees in MLB debut," MLB.com, Friday, June 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "MLB.com". 
  5. ^ Wetmore, Derek (June 14, 2013). "Orioles recall Arrieta from Triple-A Norfolk". MLB.com. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Randhawa, Manny (July 31, 2013). "Cubs falter after Arrieta's strong debut". MLB.com. 
  7. ^ Rogers, Phil. "Arrieta looks like pitching cornerstone for Cubs". MLB.com. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Muskat, Carrie; Garno, Greg (July 12, 2015). "Arrieta goes distance, goes deep in 10th win". MLB.com. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Jake Arrieta masterful as Cubs avoid sweep vs. White Sox". CSNChicago.com. July 12, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ "TCU Athletics". Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  11. ^ "More tension than expected in U.S. win". Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  12. ^ "Player Card: Jake Arrieta". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 

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