Jake Arrieta, Starting Pitcher, Chicago Cubs, #49
Date of Birth: 3/6/1986
Birthplace: Farmington, Missouri
College: Texas Christian University
Current Salary: $15,637,500
Jake Arrieta, starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, was first drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004 but he opted for college instead. Three years later, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles. He played in the Orioles' minor league system from 2008 through part of 2010.
Arrieta pitched in 18 games for the Orioles in 2010, finishing the season with a 6-6 record and a 4.66 ERA. The following season was the only one in which he did not play in the minor leagues. In 2011, he pitched in 22 games with the Orioles, finishing with a 10-8 record and a 5.05 ERA.
The Orioles traded Arrieta to the Cubs in the beginning of July, 2013. He finished the 2013 with a 5-4 record and a 4.78 ERA in 5 games with the Orioles and 9 games with the Cubs.
In 2014, Arrieta pitched 156.2 innings in 25 games. He finished the season with a 10-5 record, 167 strikeouts to 41 walks, and a 2.53 ERA.
Arrieta had his best season in 2015, winning the National League Cy Young award. He finished the season with 22 wins to 6 losses, 236 strikeouts to 48 walks, and a 1.77 ERA in 229.0 innings in 33 games. On August 30th, he pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In the 2015 postseason, Arrieta pitched 19.2 innings in 3 games and he gave up 14 hits, including 2 home runs, and 8 runs. He had a 3.66 ERA with 28 strikeouts to 4 walks. His best game was the Wild Card game in which he pitched a complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
Arrieta had another strong season in 2016. He finished the season with a 3.10 ERA, 18 wins to 8 losses, and 190 strikeouts to 76 walks in 197.1 innings in 31 games. He had a no-hitter on April 21st. He won his first Silver Slugger award in 2016.
Career pitching statistics for Arrieta through 2016 include:
- 167 games played
- 992.2 innings pitched
- 74-46 win-loss record
- 907 strikeouts to 348 walks
- 3.58 ERA