In its 13 years of existence, the Weatherford College baseball program has produced a number of NCAA standouts, even three major leaguers, but former Coyote pitcher Jake Arrieta took the program to a new plateau Wednesday, winning the National League Cy Young Award.
The Chicago Cub had an incredible 2015 season, leading the major leagues with 22 wins. He turned in a 1.77 ERA, struck out 236 and pitched a no-hitter. But it was Arrieta’s second half that was truly historic. After the All-Star Game, he registered an ERA of 0.75, the lowest ever for a full-time starter in the second half.
He was a huge contributor in the Cubs’ playoff run as well, pitching a complete game shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card game and earning another win against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Divisional Series. The Cubs’ season ended just shy of the World Series, topped by the New York Mets in the NL Championship Series.
Arrieta came to Weatherford College out of Plano East Senior High School in 2004. He went on to TCU and then played for Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and made his MLB debut in 2010. Baltimore traded him to the Cubs in 2013. In six MLB seasons he has a 3.70 ERA and a 56-38 overall record.