Apr 22, 2013, 4:03 PM EST
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.
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