Tag:Jeremy Hellickson
Posted on: October 1, 2010 7:38 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 12:23 am

Price will pitch in relief Saturday

David Price David Price won't start on Saturday, but has a chance at his 20th victory anyway.

The Rays will use Price in relief for two innings in Kansas City on Saturday, the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin tweets . Either Jeremy Hellickson or Andy Sonnanstine will start against the Royals.

Price has already set the team's record for most wins in a season and can become the franchise's first 20-game winner if he manages a win in relief.

UPDATE: Sonnanstine will start for the Rays tomorrow.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 3:09 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 11:34 pm

Rays pitcher named top minor leaguer

Jeremy Hellickson Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year.

Hellickson went 6-1 with a  2.59 ERA in nine Triple-A starts. Nice and all, but actually worse than his four starts in the big leagues, where went 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA.

Hellickson was recalled on Sept. 1 when the rosters expanded and moved into the bullpen. He appeared in Saturday's game against the Orioles and gave up six hits and two runs in 1 2/3 innings.

However, he could find himself in the Rays' rotation soon, as Jeff Niemann had another bad outing on Monday against the Red Sox. He went just 1 2/3 inning, allowing six runs. Since coming back from a shoulder strain, he's gone 0-3 with a 20.03 ERA, giving up just 23 runs in 10 1/3 innings.

Despite the Rays' recent success with their farm system, the two Rays players who have won the award before Hellickson aren't part of the team's revival. One, Rocco Baldelli (2002) is back with the team after being sidelined by injuries through much of his career, but is nothing more than a bench player. The other, Delmon Young (2005) was traded to Minnesota before the Rays' magical 2008 season.

Jason Heyward won the award last season.

Although the article didn't have any other players considered, but others that had to be under consideration were Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas (.322/.369/.630 with 36 homers and 124 RBI), Philadelphia outfielder  Domonic Brown (.327/.391/.589 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI), Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman (.319/.378/.521 with 18 home runs and 87 RBI) and Seattle right-hander Michael Pineda (11-4, 3.36 ERA).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 2:16 pm

Hellickson rejoins Rays

Jeremy Hellickson Well, that was quick.

Top Rays prospect Jeremy Hellickson impressed in his major-league debut last Monday to beat Minnesota, Hellickson was shipped back to Triple-A.

However, with both Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann beset by shoulder comfort, Hellickson skipped his start Sunday and is headed to Detroit where he will toe the mound on Tuesday, reports the Durham Herald-Sun .

That means one of Davis and Niemann -- if not both -- are headed to the disabled list. It's likely Davis, who was slated to go Tuesday, although he may simply be pushed back in the rotation.

Unfortunately for Davis, his chase at double-digit wins in his first full season will have to wait.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2010 8:55 pm

Rays may put Hellickson in bullpen

Jeremy Hellickson When the Tampa Bay Rays exorcised their previous years of futility with an AL pennant in 2008, they did so with the services of David Price in the bullpen.

The 2010 All-Star Game starter for the American League was a late-season addition to Tampa's bullpen. He was considered ready for the majors and with such quality stuff he could contribute out of the bullpen.

And contribute he did. He followed a Francisco Rodriguez-ian path through the playoffs, striking out J.D. Drew in Game 7 of the ALCS for one of the biggest moment's of the game.

Now, another young starter could be on the same path.

"Out of the bullpen, that's a possibility, and I would not be opposed to that at all. But eventually he's going to be one of the starters, there is no doubt. To get a taste, I think he could do it, and it would serve him well, and us," manager Joe Maddon told MLB.com not of Price in 2008, but Jeremy Hellickson in 2010.

"You saw he had a little taste of it in Spring Training," Maddon continued of the 23-year-old righty curerently laying waste to Triple-A.  Hellickson has a 2.51 ERA in 20 starts, posting a 12-3 record. Even better, he's whiffed 119 batters in 114 2/3 innings, walking a scant 35.

The accolades don't stop. Maddon spoke about how well Hellickson handled himself in Spring Training, which leads him to believe Hellickson can succeed with the Rays out of the bullpen.

"He came out with guys all over the place and he got out of it [against the Yankees]," Maddon said. "Very casually in a sense, he was not offended by the moment or overwhelmed by the moment. You're going to see the same kind of approach from him."

The Rays are shopping for a starting pitcher or big bat at the deadline, but one thing Tampa will do everything in its power to do is to avoid having to deal Hellickson for one.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 13, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 7:58 pm

Rays, Giants interested in Hart

Corey Hart Could Corey Hart be on the move?

The Brewers' outfielder, who has 21 home runs at the break and participated at the Home Run Derby, has the Giants, Rays and Padres interested, says John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle .

Hart is under team control through 2011, which certainly works in his favor as the cash-strapped Giants, Rays and Padres would like to make a move with the long-term in mind. However, Milwaukee is expected to ask for starting pitching in return and the Giants have stated they will not be trading any.

Closer Brian Wilson believes the Giants are just fine without Hart.

"I think we've got just what we need," he said. "Would it help [to add a bat]? Of course it would help. Putting a big hitter in the lineup would help any team. We're excited about what we have."

On Sunday, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune tweeted the "Rays appear to be getting serious" about Hart and have Jeremy Hellickson available. Hellickson is 11-2 in Triple-A as a starter with a 2.21 ERA. The lefty is banging down the door to the majors, but the Rays are deep with top prospect Wade Davis occupying the fifth spot and Andy Sonnastine in the bullpen.

Although Davis has a ton of promise, he has a 4.69 ERA and Hellickson may be better prepared to give the Rays quality innings down the stretch. The Brewers would be able to afford to groom Davis for the remainder of the year and have to love his strikeout potential -- but not his four walks per nine innings.

One thing is clear: the Brewers need pitching and the Rays may be the best fit with a stockpile of young pitching and a clear need for offense, whether that's out of the DH spot or outfield.

-- Evan Brunell

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