Another look at Hellickson
UPDATE, 3:32: Here's an interesting note from the Elias Sports Bureau - Jeremy Hellickson is the first pitcher to beat a team with at least an 8-game win streak in his ML debut since Randy Sterling for the 1974 New York Mets…he stopped the Expos 8-game streak and that was the only victory of his three-game ML career.
DEVELOPING: Jeremy Hellickson's hometown newspaper, the Des Moines Register, has a photo gallery that goes back to Hellickson's days at Hoover High - on the baseball field (with a sample shot below) and the basketball court.
And here's some insider info from ESPN, on Hellickson's performance:
How Hellickson won against the Twins, from Michael Trainor of ESPN Stats & Information:
(A) He used a change of pace. Of the 107 pitches Hellickson threw Monday, only 24 were changeups. However, he got a lot of bang for his buck as the Twins were 1-for-8 (.125) on changes that ended at-bats, including three of his six strikeouts.
(B) He missed bats. The rookie threw 64 strikes and 16 were swings and misses (25 percent; MLB average: 15 percent).
(C) He moved the ball around. Hellickson threw 26 of his 107 pitches (24.2 percent) "down and away" but he also utilized almost every other section of the plate. He threw at least nine pitches to every portion of the 9-section grid except for "middle/middle" (four pitches).