The Orioles send right handed pitcher Jake Arrieta to the mound tonight to face Ivan Nova and the Yankees. Arrieta was a 5th round draft pick from the Baltimore Orioles back in 2007. By 2009, the 23 year old pitcher played through double-A and triple-A, as well as being ranked the #67 prospect by Baseball America. In 2010, Arrieta dominated triple-A with a 1.85 ERA, 7.9 K/9, and 4.2 BB/9, in 73.0 innings, and was promoted to the major league rotation. Between his 2010 and 2011 season in Baltimore, he’s posted a 4.88 ERA, 5.9 K/9, and 4.4 BB/9, in a disappointing 219.2 innings. He’s seen some improvement in his fastball and statistics this year, so we’ll delve into his career selection, as well as his 2012 velocity and breaks.
Arrieta has a 5 pitch repertoire. His two fastballs are a 94 mph four-seam and 93 mph sinker, which are coupled with an 87 mph changeup. He also has two breaking pitches, an 87 mph slider, and a 78 mph curveball.… Click here to read the rest