• Full name Jacob Joseph Arrieta
  • Born 03/06/1986 in Farmington, MO
  • Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 230 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Texas Christian
  • Debut 06/10/2010
  • Drafted in the 5th round (159th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 (signed for $1,100,000).
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    After a sensational 2006, Arrieta has cooled off this spring. He tied for the NCAA Division I lead with 14 wins at Texas Christian after transferring from Weatherford (Texas) Junior College, and encored by going 4-0, 0.27 with Team USA last summer. But instead of dominating the weak Mountain West Conference this spring, he has been inconsistent. He showed a 91-94 mph fastball with life and a hard slider a year ago, but this spring he has lost velocity and life. His fastball has been 88-91 mph and straight, and though he's 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, his drop-and-drive delivery means his heater comes in on a flat plane. Arrieta has struggled to repeat his mechanics, which has led to command difficulties. He hasn't used his changeup much, though it should become a decent third pitch. If Arrieta can turn himself around, he could be a steal in the supplemental first round after projecting at one point as a possible top-10 pick. But he's also represented by Scott Boras, and if he's looking for more than slot money, he could slide.

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  • Rated Best Slider in the Baltimore Orioles in 2010
  • Rated Best Fastball in the Carolina League in 2008

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