Jake Arrieta
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Jake Arrieta is a professional baseball player who has made a name for himself as a pitcher in the Major League Baseball (MBL) where he plays for the Philadelphia Phillies. The World Series champion has risen since making his MLB debut in 2010 for the Baltimore Orioles and then playing for the Chicago Cubs before finally settling for the Phillies. Here is all to know about him.

Jake Arrieta Biography and Age

The Philadelphia Phillies pitcher was born Jacob Joseph Arrieta on March 6, 1986, in Farmington, Missouri. Nevertheless, it was in Texas that he was raised alongside two younger brothers by his parents who were still teenagers the time they gave birth to him.

Since he was a little child, the mind of Jake was not just on sports, but it was fully on baseball. In fact, his father, Lou Arrieta revealed that the first word of his son was ball. In the years to come during his childhood, it was Lou that would coach his son and lay a foundation for him to make it to the league.

For his education, Jake went to the Plano East Senior High School and when he was done, he moved to the Weatherford Junior College where he spent a year before moving to the Texas Christian University (TCU). Surprisingly enough, the transfer came after he made the MLB Draft of 2005 when he was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers. If that is not surprising enough, he made the 2004 Draft as well, but he chose college over the Cincinnati Reds which selected him.

Jake Arrieta was able to make the drafts following his high school performance and his performance with Weatherford Junior College in his freshman year.

Career and Stats

The next time he was sought for by a Major League team was in 2007 when he made the draft and was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth round. He played in the Minor league until 2010 when he made his MLB debut for the Orioles in a game against the New York Yankees.

Before then, he played for the United States at the World University Championship in 2006, helping the team to win the gold medal. He also played with the US team at the 2008 Olympics, winning the Bronze medal.

Jake Arrieta remained with the Baltimore Orioles from 2010 until 2013 when he was traded for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Chicago Cubs. He stayed with the team from 2013 to 2017 during which he won the World Series, Silver Slugger Award, and became part of the all-star team in 2016. Previously in 2015, he got the NL Cy Young Award among other recognitions.

After making a great show with the Cubs, Arrieta moved to Philadelphia Phillies after agreeing to a deal with the team that would keep him there for a minimum of 3 years.

Looking at his career stats in the major league, he has thus far spent 9 years. By the time he had played 209, he already recorded 203 started games and 6 complete games. More so, he Jake Arrieta made 1230.2 innings, 1014 hits, 532 runs, 484 earned runs, and 113 home runs. In addition, he has 425 walks, 1118 strikeouts, 93 wins, and 60 losses. Also, his opponent batting average is .223 while his earned run average is 3.54.

Wife

Jake Arrieta
Jake, Brittany Arrieta, and their kids (Image Source)

With many inspiring stories, his love life is no less interesting. Jake Arrieta has not had any dating history except the one he has with his wife, Brittany Arrieta. The two met when they were elementary school kids in Texas where they both grew up. They began dating in junior high school.

After completing their early education, they both went to the Texas Christian University. The MLB Star and Brittany Arrieta who was a gymnast got engaged in 2007 and by the next year, they were already man and wife.

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Years down the line, Jake and Brittany are not only very close, but their union is blessed with two kids named Cooper and Palmer.

Contract and Salary

In March 2018, Jake signed a deal of 3 years that would keep him with the Phillies for three years. The worth of the deal was placed at $75 million. Based on the contract, he will make $30 million in his first year, while he will get $25 million, and $20 million in the second and third respectively. There is also an option of a contract extension that would have him take home $135 million overall.

There will, of course, be increases in his salary based on his performance and other bonuses. The salary is a significant raise from the $10.7 million he got in 2016.

Other Facts

  • His parents were 18 and 19 years old when they had him. Because of their very young age, they went through a lot raising him.
  • Jake made 3 Major League Baseball Drafts in 2004, 2005, and 2007 before deciding to go ahead.
  • He is of Puerto Rican ancestry.
  • Arrieta is a lover of work out who has a body weight of 102 Kg and a height of 1.93m.
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