Orioles Top Prospect No. 3: Jake Arrieta

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Orioles Top Prospect No. 3: Jake Arrieta

In any other organization, namely one without Chris Tillman or Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta could easily pass for a number one pitching prospect.

Great fastball, check. Above-average complimentary pitches, check. Innings eater, check. Bulldog tenacity on the mound, check. History of being a go-to guy, double check.

In fact, with the graduation of Matusz last season (although he didn't pitch enough to revoke his rookie status) Arrieta essentially is the number one pitching prospect NOT in the bigs.

But unlike Tillman or Matusz, Arrieta wasn't always a sure-fire thing.

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