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Jeremy Hellickson named AL's best rookie

Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:01 pm
By Evan Brunell

In a race to the end, Jeremy Hellickson has emerged as the American League's top rookie, giving their Rays their second Rookie of the Year.

Hellickson, who now pairs with teammate Evan Longoria (2008) as victors, entered the season with high expectations. Tampa Bay dealt away top pitcher Matt Garza in anticipation of Hellickson stepping in seamlessly, which he certainly did. In 29 starts, he posted a 2.95 ERA. He was actually very lucky, as he struck out just 117 and walked 72, but the Rays' dazzling defense behind him didn't disappoint. Hellickson gave up just 22.1 percent of all batted balls for hits, which is remarkably below the league average of 29 to 30 percent.

But while Hellickson's peripherals pointed to a poorer season than it may have otherwise appeared, the righty still put up remarkable numbers and is poised to break out into an ace in the coming seasons.

Hellickson beat out Mariners starter Michael Pineda and Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, among others, for the honor.

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Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:41 pm

Jeremy Hellickson named AL's best rookie

Totally agree that Trumbo got robbed. He played everyday and make some nice defensive stops along with his big bat. And those home runs weren't during mop up duty. Trumbo clubbed some Trumbombs that helped the Angels win games. Total job to give it to Hellickson.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:10 pm

Jeremy Hellickson named AL's best rookie

Im sorry but Helickson??? really?  Over trumbo???    Mark Trumbo was the AL ROY hands down... kid blasted 29 HR's!

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