Hellickson in line for possible AL Rookie of the Year Award today
Rays righthander Jeremy Hellickson admitted he's allowed himself to think about today's announcement of the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
Nervous? Nope, he said. After all, Hellickson has showed little nerves at all in his year-plus stint in the big leagues, but what he showed in this past season makes him a top candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year honor, which will be announced at 2 p.m. today by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
"I've definitely been thinking about it; I'd like to win it," Hellickson said. "But there are a few other guys that have just as good a chance."
There are a few arguments in Hellickson's favor. He led all rookie pitchers in ERA (2.95), quality starts (20) and opponent's batting average (.210), and did so while competing in the American League East. He had 13 wins but could have had a lot more, but received one run or less of support while on the mound in nine of his 10 losses (the Rays were shutout in five of Hellickson's starts).
"I felt I had a pretty good year," Hellickson said. "It could have been better."
The other candidates for today's AL award are Angels 1B Mark Trumbo, who won the Players Choice Award for AL Rookie of the Year, and Yankees RHP Ivan Nova, as well as Mariners RHP Michael Pineda.
Stay tuned for the announcement later today..
-- JOE SMITH