Great, more Orioles pitching
Jake Arrieta, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie)
Sunday's stats: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
Arrieta had an on-and-off beginning to the year, but he's definitely on a roll of late, as last night's effort was has second seven-inning complete-game shutout in five efforts. When you add it all up, the former TCU star has a 2.59 ERA, 70 strikeouts in 59 innings and is limiting the Eastern League to a .208 batting average. He could be in Triple-A soon, and in the Orioles' revamped rotation at some point next year.
His ERA is lower than Stephen Strasburg's
Travis Wood, LHP, Reds (Double-A Carolina)
Sunday's stats: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K
A second-round pick in 2005, Wood lost a lot of velocity when the Reds revamped some big mechanical issue in his delivery, and as a guy with fringy velocity, a great change and control problems, he put up a seven-plus ERA last year at Double-A. This year, the 22-year-old has dropped nearly six runs off that mark, as in his past four starts, he's given up two runs over 29 frames. He still doesn't throw especially hard, but he's added a two-seamer and a cutter to his mix, and he's looking very much like a guy who could fit in toward the back of a rotation.
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