Hellickson with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016 spring training
|Philadelphia Phillies – No. 58|
April 8, 1987 |
Des Moines, Iowa
|August 2, 2010, for the Tampa Bay Rays|
(through September 23, 2016)
|Earned run average||3.91|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jeremy Robert Hellickson (born April 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks. 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 12⁄3 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 82⁄3 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.
He was named co-winner with Jake Peavy, then with the Chicago White Sox, of the American League Rawlings Gold Glove for 2012.
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.
On November 14, 2015, Hellickson was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Sam McWilliams. On January 15, 2016, Hellickson signed a one-year deal for $7 million avoiding arbitration. Hellickson started for the Phillies on Opening Day.
- 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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- "Hellickson, Diamondbacks agree at $4,275,000". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
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- Topkin, Marc. "Tampa Bay Rays' Jeremy Hellickson earns rare monthly awards double". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
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