CLOSER LOOK AT JAKE ARRIETA
I really like the trade that brought Jake Arrieta to the Cubs. Arrieta is still young at 27 and has been primarily used as a starter for the Orioles. Unfortunately, he has struggled as a starter and may be better suited for the bullpen. He is capable of hitting the mid 90s with his fastball and also throws a curve and slider. It’s been his lack of consistency that has hurt him in his young career. Hopefully, the change of scenery will help him.
The Orioles brought Arrieta up in 2010 and saw him go 6-6 with a 4.66 ERA in 100.1 innings. He went 10-8 the next year with a 5.05 ERA and continued to see his ERA rise over the next two years resulting in him bouncing back and forth between triple A and the majors. I would like to see the Cubs keep him in Iowa until September. Let him work on his pitching and hopefully determine if he is going to be a starter or reliever. At this point I think he looks like a back of the rotation kind of pitcher. However, I feel his potential is higher than this. Maybe that’s just the optimist in me.