Fresh off his appearance in the Beijing Olympics, Jake Arrieta has been named Carolina League Pitcher of the Year, becoming only the second Frederick Keys pitcher ever to win the honor.
Here's a sampling of previous winners: Dwight Gooden (1983), Randy Myers (1984), Kent Mercker (1988), Charles Nagy (1989), Julian Tavares (1993), Bartolo Colon (1995), Rick Ankiel (1998), Zack Greinke (2003), Zach Duke (2004).
Arrietta was 6-5 with a league-best 2.87 ERA in 20 starts with 120 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings. His strikeout total led the league when he left for Beijing, where he threw six shutout innings (two hits, seven strikeouts) against China in an Aug. 18 victory.
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