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Orioles demote Jake Arrieta to Triple-A

Apr 22, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

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Jake Arrieta has started 62 games for Baltimore since debuting as a 24-year-old top prospect in 2010, but the Orioles finally decided they couldn’t keep trotting the right-hander and his 5.40 career ERA out there every fifth day.

This season Arrieta’s struggles have included a league-high 16 walks in 19 innings and that got him a trip back to Triple-A at age 27.

Arrieta has shown occasional flashes of potential, but since the beginning of last season he has a 6.26 ERA in 134 innings while allowing 188 total baserunners. He has the raw stuff to succeed, but command and consistently have been huge issues.

  1. bmorelikeme - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    I don’t know if I ever seen a more frustraing pitcher come through Baltimore.

    Inning to Inning he can be a totally different guy. His stuff is electric and sometimes it seems like he’s right on the cusp of harnessing it, but then he walks 3 batters and hangs the next curve.

    Hope he can figure it out, but his time is running out.

    • southpaw2k - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Worse than Danny Cabrera?

      I’ll never forget when Cabrera nearly no-hit the Yankees, except for a Robinson Cano base hit in the 9th inning. He had some incredible stuff but never put it together.

      • bmorelikeme - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        I still remember thinking Cabrera had the light come on for that half season where he literally threw his 2 seamer 90% for great success….at least for one tour around the AL.

        Perhaps a more accurate statement would’ve been..”the latest in a long line of frustrating pitchers that have come through Baltimore.”

      • bmorelikeme - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        90% of the time that is. (edit function)

      • madhatternalice - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        I was just going to say that. No one’s been more frustrating in the last two decades than Cabrera.

    • dowhatifeellike - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      He’s the most frustrating guy since Matusz was starting.

      At this point I have a feeling we’re looking at a dozen one-inning wonders. Might at well go to a 14 man staff and have everyone pitch an inning 2 of every 3 games.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      I hope he can figure it out too, but I think at this point he is what he is. There was supposed to be a staff ace mixed into the “cavalry” somewhere. But let’s face it: Arrieta is no more frustrating than Matusz, Daniel Cabrera, Sydney Ponson, Jeremy Guthrie, Matt Riley, etc. Arrieta is just another in a long line of Baltimore prospects and young pitchers who have not panned out. We’re talking decades here.

  2. fukpittsburgh - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    “Potential” is the most dangerous word in professional sports.

  3. cocheese000 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    All of those young pitchers the O’s have developed have not produced. Tilman, Arrieta, Britton have been around long enough and should not be regressing.

    • blabidibla - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      coaching.

  4. realgone2 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    About time. He is god awful.

  5. ravensgrl - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    I’m surprised they didn’t send Strop with him…

  6. Dan Camponovo - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    At what point does it become an organizational development problem? Tillman, Arrieta and Matusz were all highly-touted prospects and have been huge disappointments — I’m very worried the organization will continue to ruin Bundy and Gausman.

    • dowhatifeellike - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Good question. It seems like the mechanical issues are down but so is pitching to contact. Matusz was a head case last year and now Jake… I’d rather see them get hit than this nibble around the strike zone, 8-pitch walk crap. A ball in play is usually an out but walks can’t be defended.

  7. salsashark2004 - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    I still hold out hope for Tillman but the last decade or so definitely has been bad for our pitching prospects. I remember when it was Cabrera, Adam Loewen, and Garrett Olsen were supposed to be the core of our rotation and that didn’t work out well at all.

  8. rockthered1286 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    I’m not defending Jake, because quite frankly he needs to be sent down. But his issue isn’t his stuff. It’s all mental. When he goes from the stretch he looks fantastic. But the second he has a runner on? He worried too much about a possible hit or steal, and suddenly cannot find the strike zone. End result? Walk(s) then the next man sits on the fastball up the gut knowing that Arrieta is going to force one in there, and Jake essentially knocks himself out of the game. He needs to regain focus and triple A is the best place for it.

  9. ncm42 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Didn’t he get sent to Triple A to figure it out last year, too? I think he’s done in Bmore. Buck’s been patient with him, but that has to be over.

    Speaking of Buck, how much of his current staff was around for the previous busts at starting pitcher?

    Either way, one of the youngsters will have to be called up soon. The rotation is failing, the bullpen is overworked…maybe it’s time to let Chris Davis pitch again!

  10. countertrey44 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    ‘Son, your potential is going to get me fired

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