PITTSBURGH - To borrow from a business-school cliché, it took Jake Arrieta 27 years to become an overnight success.
The former top-100 prospect, the Olympian who dominated college and the minors, was a Major League flop. Arrieta had gotten chance after chance in Baltimore, and opponents flattened him to the tune of a 5.46 career ERA and more free passes than a 24 Hour Fitness.
"He always had electric stuff, and the ball always seemed to move," says Ben Zobrist, who faced Arrieta while playing for the Tampa Bay Rays. "In Baltimore, we saw him as a guy that you just need to wait him out... we would score based on him walking people."
"His command is what's taken the greatest leap forward, the ability to move it two different sides of the plate," says Zobrist. "When ...
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