Former TCU Star Shines In MLB's Futures Game

BigPurpleNation.com Staff Writer
Posted Jul 14, 2008


Former TCU baseball star Jake Arrieta was shining brightly in the biggest baseball galaxy of them all on Sunday afternoon.

Former TCU baseball star Jake Arrieta was shining brightly in the biggest baseball galaxy of them all on Sunday afternoon.

Pitching in New York's famed Yankee Stadium as part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game activities, Arrieta pitched a scoreless sixth inning for Team USA in MLB's annual Futures Game, a game that showcases professional baseball's brightest future stars and best young talent.

Arrieta retired three of the four batters he faced in the game, while striking out one, flashing an impressive array of quality pitches that kept the opposing hitters completely off-balance.

The stellar showing by Arrieta is just the latest in a season filled with similarly impressive pitching performances by the TCU Baseball product. Arrieta has posted a 6-4 record and a 2.75 ERA for the Frederick (Maryland) Keys, the High Class A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles. His 108 strikeouts and 101 innings pitched are team and league leading totals.

Arrieta achieving that type of success at the professional level comes as no surprise to fans and followers of TCU Baseball, who watched Arrieta post a 14-4 record, with a 2.35 ERA and 3-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio in his sophomore season at TCU in 2006.

Arrieta was subsequently selected to pitch for Team USA in international competition later that year, where he posted a perfect 4-0 record and a microscopic 0.27 ERA.

The former TCU All-America selection is expected to pitch for Team USA again in next month's Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.


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