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SARASOTA, Fla. — The Orioles announced on Thursday morning
that right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta has been reassigned to Minor League camp.
A non-roster invitee, the 24-year-old Arrieta allowed three
earned runs on seven hits over five spring innings. He struck out nine and
walked four and tossed his strongest outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on
March 17. In that outing, Arrieta struck out four and allowed one hit in two
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is one of the Orioles top pitching
prospects and Arrieta is expected to start the season in Triple-A Norfolk’s
rotation. Last season, he went 5-8 with a 3.93 ERA in his last 17 starts with
Arrieta’s reassignment reduces the Orioles Spring Training
roster to 47 players.
Jake Arrieta hasn’t look particularly comfortable in both of his
Spring Training outings this year. On Tuesday vs the Rays, he allowed
three runs on two hits and a walk in the top of the sixth inning,
raising his spring ERA to 9.00.
In his debut on March 5 he
allowed a walk on a hit and two walks in the Orioles 5-3 loss to the
Pirates.Considered the Orioles top pitching prospect (outside of
Matusz and Tillman, who will be in the rotation) Arrieta struggled when
he got his Triple-A promotion last year.
He looked good in the
team’s intrasquad game and had been having some good bullpens prior to
I asked Orioles manager Dave Trembley after Tuesday’s game what he’s seeing from Arrieta and Trembley thinks its a case where the young right-hander is trying to force it.
“I think he tries to overthrow somewhat,” Trembley said. “He’s got a very good arm, he keeps the ball down for the most part, but I think he needs to trust himself a little bit more and trust the stuff that he has.”
“And I think that, more than anything, is a process of maturity. Pitchers that are here, young guys, want to make the club. Every pitch seems like it’s life and death for them, and sometimes they probably would be better off backing off a little.”
When I told Arrieta about Trembley’s comments, he agreed that was mostly the case. Arrieta, who turned 24 on Saturday, said he’s been trying to impress the Orioles with every pitch and when he looked back at the video tape from the Pirates game he noted that he was frequently working from behind in the count.
“I had a lot of adrenaline going,” Arrieta said of the his spring debut. “It’s just tough when you get out there, you kind of get under the lights and you’re feeling good. And I was just overthrowing.”
“It’s Spring Training and things are going to get better. Once I get more innings in and start to start games I’ll get a little bit more comfortable. Sometimes its hard to not do too much, you want to impress guys. I need to realize that I don’t necessarily have to do that. I just have to get my work in. And I’m confident that things will turn around.”
Arrieta didn’t want to make any excuses for Tuesday’s performance, but he had a rough night on Monday when his six-month boxer swallowed one of his toys. Arrieta said the puppy was in surgery on Tuesday afternoon and he was getting updates from his wife. So, let’s hope all went well there.
Jake Arrieta hasn’t look particularly comfortable in both of his Spring Training outings this year. On Tuesday vs the Rays, he allowed three runs on two hits and a walk in the top of the sixth inning, raising his spring ERA to 9.00.
In his debut on March 5 he allowed a walk on a hit and two walks in the Orioles 5-3 loss to the Pirates.
Considered the Orioles top pitching prospect (outside of Matusz and Tillman, who will be in the rotation) Arrieta struggled when he got his Triple-A promotion last year.
He looked good in the team’s intrasquad game and had been having some good bullpens prior to that. Hopefully, we will get a chance to catch up with him post game.
“I’ve been 100 percent for the last two days,” Tillman said. “I was even allowed to lift today. I think that’s all in the rearview mirror, and we’re going forward from here.”
Tillman was opposed by Jake Arrieta, who was pleased to carry over some promising bullpen sessions out onto the mound. Arrieta threw only one breaking ball, to Miguel Tejada, and used the one-inning outing to keep the ball down in the zone.
[I’m] not too worried about being in and out right now, that will come later in Spring Training into the start of the season but really just working down at the knees, just trying to stay away from the letters,” Arrieta said.
As for his breaking stuff and change-up, Arrieta said his goal this early in camp is just to make those pitches strikes.
“It’s hard to work on a lot of things in one inning of work,” he said. “What I really wanted to get comfortable with was my fastball with and I made some good pitches.”
The above picture is Izturis warming up before the game. Part of the orange team, Izzy started at shortstop with Tejada at third for the game’s first three innings.
The other notable pitcher in Monday’s game was Jim Johnson, who tossed a scoreless second inning. Johnson struck out Garrett Atkins on three pitches, and retired Lou Montanez on a pop-up to second. Johnson said he used his offspeed more than he would during a regular game, throwing several to Justin Turner, who worked a walk.
Johnson didn’t allow a hit and threw seven of his 13 pitches for strikes.
“I was just trying to get a feel for things and get things progressing,” Johnson said. “It’s usually the last thing that come around in the spring is your feel. Your arm strength is usually the first to come and then you progress through your pitches.”
Given how early it is in Spring Training, Johnson said he “can’t complain” with how he’s throwing, so long as his arm feels good after Monday’s test.
“By throwing bullpens and stuff you really can’t gage because it’s not the same intensity of pitching in a game,” he said. “So, [I’ll] see how the body reacts, I’m sure I’ll be fine. Everything feels good.”
Pitchers and catchers officially reported to the Orioles new complex in Sarasota today, with most of the players opting to sleep in a little and arrive at Ed Smith Stadium around 10ish. (Although Chad Moeller and Jim Johnson were out throwing on the field around 9, and Koji was out running with his new trainer.)
Pretty good spirits all around the very spacious clubhouse. Guys seem genuinely excited and ready to start playing some baseball.
New closer Michael Gonzalez said he’s been ready to rumble for at least two weeks, and was excited for camp to start up.
“The big thing for me right now is coming in healthy,” Gonzalez
said. “I’m coming in 100 percent and feeling good about the situation.”
And the former Brave isn’t worried about fitting in with his new teammates.
“It shouldn’t take that long,” he said. “As far as being nervous,
it’s like going from one family to the next, except that I’m going to
have a lot more younger brothers than I’m used to.”
Top pitching prospect Jake Arrieta was also pretty amped, and the high 50 degree weather didn’t hurt. Apparently it gets cold in Austin, because Arrieta was sporting a full beard and said they got about nine inches in that nasty storm that went through the South last week. If you’re curious, he plans on shaving it later tonight.
Also, injured pitcher Brad Bergesen told the Baltimore Sun his progression has been great, and he expects to be back on the mound in the next two weeks.
“I don’t know how the next couple of weeks are going to go with the
progression,” Bergesen said. “But the way I feel, I feel great right
now. I think the next step is just leading up to some mound sessions. I
think in the next 12-14 days or so, I’ll probably be on the mound if all
goes as it has. … At one point, I was very worried about it before I
got under the care of [Assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel] Now, my mind is set on just getting ready
for the season.”
And a reminder for those who want to come down to practice, pitchers and catchers workout starting Thursday at 9:15 a.m. All practices are free and open to the public.