Arrieta Arrives

The Orioles have purchased RHP Jake Arrieta’s contract from AAA Norfolk and designated LHP Alberto Castillo for assignment to make room on the 25 and 40 man rosters.

Arrieta finally finds himself in the big leagues after 11 dominant starts for AAA Norfolk. He pitched 73 innings for the Tide to a 6-2 record with a 1.85 ERA, 64 strikeouts and 34 walks. Opponents were batting .189 off of the hard throwing righty. The biggest improvement in Arrieta from last year is his groundball rate which went from 0.92 last year to 1.43 this year. The only question mark for Arrieta is can he keep the walks under control at the major league level. Theres no question that his stuff is good enough to be a top of the rotation arm but his command still has alot of room for improvement. Last year for AA Bowie he had a 6-3 record with a 2.59 ERA, 70 strikeouts, and 23 walks over 59 innings before being promoted to AAA. He struggled a bit there before coming on a little bit at the end of the year. He had a 5-8 record with a 3.93 ERA, 78 strikeouts, and 33 walks in 91.2 innings. He was told to work on certain things over the offseason and it sure looks like he did and its paid off so far this year. With Arrieta now in the major league rotation the Orioles have their “big three” now in place. Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman are the other two that were consistently near the top of prospect lists. Now its just a matter of how much they develop and how fast. Zach Britton is now our top pitching prospect in the minor leagues and we could see him before the year is up but most likely he won’t make his debut until early next season. Brad Bergesen will stay in the bullpen for the time being but he shouldn’t be there for too long. You have to think at least one of Kevin Millwood and/or Jeremy Guthrie will be dealt before the trade deadline on July 31st. I think this move improves our bullpen as well as our rotation. Getting rid of Alberto Castillo should definitely help. Hes been awful this year with a 10.12 ERA over 10.2 innings with 11 strikeouts and 6 walks. He should have no problem clearing waivers and being outrighted to AAA Norfolk.

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