Hellickson with the Tampa Bay Rays
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 58
April 8, 1987 |
Des Moines, Iowa
|August 2, 2010 for the Tampa Bay Rays|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||3.78|
Career highlights and awards
Jeremy Robert Hellickson (born April 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Tampa Bay Rays. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Hoover High School. Following the 2011 season, Hellickson was named American League Rookie of the Year. Hellickson is nicknamed "Hellboy" by local fans and media.
Hellickson was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. Baseball America rated him as the 18th best prospect in all of baseball going into the 2010 season. He was selected to play in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game and was the starting pitcher for U.S. team.
Tampa Bay Rays
On August 2, 2010, Hellickson made his major league debut against Minnesota Twins. During his debut, he held the Twins to two runs over seven innings. He struck out six while walking two. He was optioned back to the Triple-A Durham Bulls after the start. He was once again recalled to the majors on August 10 to take the spot of Wade Davis in the rotation. He made his second career start that day against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, earning his second career victory after pitching seven shutout innings with three hits, seven strikeouts and no walks as the Rays won 8–0.
On August 21, 2010, Hellickson was optioned to the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs to work on moving to the bullpen. He was recalled to Tampa Bay on September 1, and made his first appearance out of the bullpen on September 4, pitching 1 and 2/3 innings giving up 2 runs.
Hellickson began the 2011 season as the Rays fifth starter. On May 13, he threw his first complete game, earning a 3–0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Following the season, Hellickson earned the 2011 American League MLB Rookie of the Year Award. He was named the Rays third starter for the 2012 season and pitched 8 2/3 shutout innings against the New York Yankees on April 8, 2012.
Hellickson was the losing pitcher in Félix Hernández's perfect game on August 15, 2012. He still had a quality start in the game, allowing one run and five hits over seven innings to the Seattle Mariners.
Hellickson was optioned to Charlotte on August 27. He was recalled from the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits on September 3 after the major league rosters expanded. He did not pitch for either minor league team.
On November 14, 2014, the Rays traded Hellickson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Andrew Velazquez and Justin Williams. He signed a one year deal worth $4.275 million on January 16, 2015 and avoided arbitration.
- 2009 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Most Valuable Player
- Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award, 2010
- International League Most Valuable Pitcher, 2010
- USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award, 2010
- American League Rookie of the Month – May 2011
- American League Pitcher of the Month – May 2011
- American League Rookie of the Year Award, 2011
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