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The Pirates' playoff odds are 49 percent!

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In the spirit of predicting in the future, the BP staff takes a gander at what the major headlines of 2012 will be.

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June 15, 2009 1:20 pm

Future Shock: Monday Ten Pack


Kevin Goldstein

Lining up for the the O's, the enigma of Gio, and a prospect who may miss his prom.

Jake Arrieta, RHP, Orioles (Triple-A Norfolk)
Arrieta was certainly dealing at Double-A, striking out 70 over 59 innings and limiting the Eastern League to a .208 batting average, but it was still surprising to see him bumped up to Triple-A. Not that he didn't deserve it-he did pitch six two-hit innings in his Norfolk debut-but it's surprising in what the move might say about his timetable. The Orioles have already looked at a lot of young arms this year at the big-league level, but they've stayed away from the premium guys like Chris Tillman. Now that he's joined in Triple-A by Arrieta, one wonders if they're simply lining up all of the pieces for a September look and a permanent installation in April 2010 as starters.

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