Jeremy Hellickson has been a perennial disappointment since claiming AL Rookie of the Year honors with Tampa Bay in 2011, and the overall numbers would have you believe 2015 was more of the same. He did finish the year better than he started it, compiling a 3.61 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings over his final 12 starts, but if that's the best he can do during his best stretch of the season, it's hardly cause for excitement. He has shown us his true colors in the years since that rookie season and is simply too hittable to deliver better than league-average results. Even with the rebuilding Phillies, he doesn't have the greatest job security, so you can leave him for NL-only leagues.
Hellickson and the Phillies agreed to terms on a one-year, $7 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Hellickson, who was acquired from Arizona in November, figures to slot into the rotation right away, but his value is somewhat up in the air after posting a 4.62 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across 146 innings last season. He'll need to improve upon his strikeout totals (121:43 K:BB) in order to exceed his mid-tier starter expectations.
Hellickson was traded to the Phillies for a minor league prospect, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. The Diamondbacks will receive Sam McWilliams, a former eighth round selection in the 2014 draft, as compensation. Hellickson recorded a 4.62 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 146 innings with the Diamondbacks in 2015, his lone season with the club. He will likely slot into the Phillies' starting rotation immediately, but his fantasy value will continue to be limited unless he can improve upon his sub-par strikeout totals (121:43 K:BB).
Diamondbacks starter Jeremy Hellickson (9-12) lasted five innings Saturday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out three in a 6-2 loss to the Astros. Hellickson threw 82 pitches in his final start of the season, failing to exceed five innings for the third time in his last four outings. The 28-year-old has had a tumultuous season, enduring a disabled list stint and erratic performances. With an inflated WHIP and underwhelming strikeout totals, Hellickson's value is limited to deeper leagues.
Diamondbacks starter Jeremy Hellickson (9-11) pitched admirably on Saturday in a losing effort, allowing one run on four hits and two walks across six innings in a 3-0 loss to the Padres. He struck out five. This was one of Hellickson's best starts of the season, but his offense couldn't support him with Robbie Erlin twirling a gem for the Padres. Aside from a one-inning start two weeks ago, Hellickson has been fantastic as of late. Over his last five games, Hellickson has allowed just seven runs on 20 hits. His career-high groundball rate is likely contributing to his success and the Diamondbacks will hope he can carry this form over into next season. Hellickson will have to square off against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros in his final start of the season next Saturday.
The Diamondbacks have activated right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the 15-day disabled list. Hellickson had been out since Aug. 20 due to a strained left hamstring. Manager Chip Hale said Hellickson will start on Monday against the Padres.