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August 27, 2008

Arrieta named Carolina League POY

arrieta.jpgFresh off his appearance in the Beijing Olympics, Jake Arrieta has been named Carolina League Pitcher of the Year, becoming only the second Frederick Keys pitcher ever to win the honor.

Here's a sampling of previous winners: Dwight Gooden (1983), Randy Myers (1984), Kent Mercker (1988), Charles Nagy (1989), Julian Tavares (1993), Bartolo Colon (1995), Rick Ankiel (1998), Zack Greinke (2003), Zach Duke (2004).

Arrietta was 6-5 with a league-best 2.87 ERA in 20 starts with 120 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings. His strikeout total led the league when he left for Beijing, where he threw six shutout innings (two hits, seven strikeouts) against China in an Aug. 18 victory.

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Posted by Peter Schmuck at 2:23 PM | | Comments (7)


And he went to TCU.

How many shutout innings Peter?

Nice to see him win it, but honestly he should have been promoted out of A ball with Wieters, he was just too advanced for the league.

It is a fine line between pushing the kids too hard and not challenging them and I am afraid the current regime is erroring on the side of caution.

Who was the first Keys player so honored?

Pitcher (not Player) of the Year! Either way, he has a great future ahead of him.

BTW, Jim Johnson (2005) was the other Oriole to win the award.

I'm looking forward to the season when Arrieta and Tillman will both be firing the ball into Weiters.

Lets hope more like the next Dwight Gooden and not Kent Mercker.

We need Teixeira...Sign the petition!

hatepaste -

No, we need pitching. If we spend big dollars on a FA, which I doubt, then it has to be for pitching. If we spend Texiera dollars, then it needs to be for CC. But that ain't happening. That's not how AM operates. And maybe he shouldn't given that we are in total rebuild. Adding a veteran arm is fine, if the price is right. However, we need to continue to focus on the farm system, developing players, and acquiring prospects through trades that rid the team of veterans who don't figure into the long term picture.

If Tex and Boras want to play their power money game, let him take his act to NY. Personally I'm tired of the calls for signing him because he's from Severna Park. I'm from the Park as well. If we want to go after SP rooted guys, we should have found a way to trade for Gavin Floyd when he was in Philadelphia.

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