Jake Arrieta

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Jake Arrieta
Jake Arrieta 2011.jpg
Jake Arrieta with the Orioles in 2011
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
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 56–38
Earned run average 3.70
Strikeouts 717
WHIP 1.18
Career highlights and awards

Jacob Joseph Arrieta (born March 6, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles. In 2015, Arrieta won the National League Cy Young Award, was the MLB wins leader, pitched a no-hitter, and set a major league record at 0.75 ERA for the lowest second-half ERA.[1][2] Arrieta's 2015 season has been widely compared to Bob Gibson's 1968 season in which Gibson won the National League MVP and Cy Young awards after posting a live-ball era record 1.12 ERA.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

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.[9][10]


He attended Weatherford Junior College for his freshman year posting a 6-2 win-loss record with a 3.58 earned run average (ERA).[9] 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.[9][11] During the summer of 2005, prior to enrolling at TCU, Arrieta participated in summer collegiate baseball with the McKinney Marshalls of the Texas Collegiate League and posted a 4-3 record in 10 starts with a 1.87 ERA over 62.2 innings pitched.[9] During his sophomore year, Arrieta led college baseball with 14 wins and had a 2.35 ERA over 19 appearances.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15][16]

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.[17] He pitched six innings, giving up four hits and three runs, striking out six Yankee batters and earning the win.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23]

On July 12, 2015, Arrieta pitched a complete game victory over the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field, his second complete game of the season and the third of his major league career.[24][25] On August 20, Arrieta became the first MLB pitcher to win 15 games in the 2015 season.[26] Ten days later, Arrieta no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers 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.[27] Arrieta was named the NL Player of the Week for August 24–30 and NL Pitcher of the Month for August with a 6−0 and a 0.43 ERA and the no-hitter. The right-hander held opposing hitters to a .130 batting average and a .196 on-base percentage in August and struck out 43 batters while walking just 10.[28][29] On September 22, Arrieta won his 20th game of the season, throwing a three-hitter against the Brewers.[30] With 11 more strikeouts in that 4-0 Cubs victory at Wrigley, he was the first MLB pitcher to win 20 games this season and had his 4th complete game and 3rd shutout of the season.

After the 2015 All-Star break, he gave up 9 earned runs during 15 starts over 107 1/3 innings for a 0.75 ERA, the lowest in MLB history in the second half.[31] For the season, Arrieta's 22-6 record and 1.77 ERA made him only the fifth pitcher to win at least 22 games with no more than six losses and a sub-2.00 ERA since the earned run became an official stat in 1913. On October 5, he was again named NL pitcher of the Month for his 4–0 September record with a 0.45 ERA.[32]

Arrieta pitched a complete game shutout, striking out eleven batters and allowed only four hits to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4–0 in the 2015 National League Wild Card Game.[33] He became the first pitcher to post a postseason shutout while striking out at least 10 batters and walking zero.[34] He is also the first pitcher to have more stolen bases than runs scored in a postseason game when he stole second base in the top of the 7th. Arrietta was the pitcher of record in the Game 2 loss of the 2015 National League Championship Series to the New York Mets.

On November 18, 2015, Arrieta won the NL Cy Young Award to become the first Cubs pitcher to do so since Greg Maddux in 1992.[35] He is the fifth Cubs winner overall, also joining Fergie Jenkins (1971), Bruce Sutter (1979) and Rick Sutcliffe (1984).[36]

Pitching style[edit]

Arrieta throws five different pitches. He throws a four-seam fastball, sinker, slider/cutter, curveball, and a changeup. His fastball averages around 95 miles per hour (153 km/h), sometimes reaching upper-90s mph. He relies on ground balls and swinging strikes.[37] His slider averages 88 miles per hour (142 km/h) with late break peaking out at 92 miles per hour (148 km/h) and his curve sits at 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) with two-plane break.[38] His changeup has tailing motion like a two-seam fastball and ranges from 86 to 89 miles per hour (138 to 143 km/h).[39]

Accomplishments and awards[edit]

Award/Honor Date Ref
Major League Accomplishments & Awards
National League Cy Young Award 2015 [36]
Major League Wins Champion 2015 [36]
Pitched a No-hitter August 30, 2015 [29]
National League Pitcher of the Month 2015 (August & September) [29][32]
National League Player of the Week 2015 (July 6–12, August 24–30, & September 21–27) [28]
Baltimore Orioles Opening Day starting pitcher April 5, 2012 [40]
Minor League Accomplishments & Awards
Eastern League Pitcher of the Week 2009 (May 18–24 & June 8–14) [41]
All-Star Futures Game 2008 [42]
Carolina League Pitcher of the Year 2008 [41]
Carolina League Postseason All-Star 2008 [41]
Carolina League Mid-Season All-Star 2008 [43]
Carolina League Pitcher of the Week 2008 (May 12–18 & May 26–June 1) [41]
Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team 2007 [41]
College Baseball Accomplishments & Awards
Baseball America Second-Team All-American 2006 [44]
NCBWA second-team All-American 2006 [45]
NCAA Division I baseball Wins leader 2006 [46]
Mountain West Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year 2006 [9]
First-team All-Mountain West 2006 & 2007 [9]
Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week 2006 (Feb. 13-19, May 8–14, May 22–28) [9]
Houston College Classic All-Tournament team 2006 [9]


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