More on Jake the Great
Could the Orioles call up Jake Arrieta to use in the bullpen? Maybe.
It’s a notion they haven’t closed the door on, as manager Dave Trembley eluded to in his pregame session with the media on Sunday. When, or if, it will happen is pure speculation at this point.
But, there’s no doubt Arrieta will be an Oriole soon. He’s dominated Triple-A batters, holding them to a .171 average and pitching to an International League-leading 1.61 ERA in five starts.
“He’s got everything you are looking for in a Major League pitcher,” Trembley said. “It’s only a matter of time before he’ll be in the big leagues. When that will be, I couldn’t tell you. But it’s only a matter of time. I’m not saying it will be next week or next month, but he’ll let everybody know.”
“When guys that have that much ability pitch, there are people that watch them pitch. I mean the front office people, scouting people, our pro scouts. They all go and watch. Because everyone knows there is such a need at the Major League level for quality pitching.”
With that being said, do the Orioles want to bring up Arrieta to have him pitch one inning a few times a week? Or do they let him progress as a starter? It’s situation worth mulling over. The O’s starting pitching has been a strength so far, but what happens if a guy like Brad Bergesen or Jeremy Guthrie starts to struggle? Another option would be to put someone like David Hernandez in the bullpen and let Arrieta start. But Hernandez has pitched well as a fifth starter and, in my opinion, doesn’t deserve to be moved out of the rotation yet. It’s an interesting situation to keep an eye on.