Hellickson named MLB's Rookie of the Year by Baseball America
Rays righthander Jeremy Hellickson has been named MLB's Rookie of the Year by Baseball America.
Hellickson went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA this season, with a 2.10 opponent average and 20 quality starts, that were the best of all major league rookies.
Hellickson is also a main candidate to win the AL's Rookie of the Year award voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (announced Nov. 14). The last time an AL rookie had a lower ERA than Hellickson's 2.95 was 1990, when Kevin Appier posted a 2.76 for the Royals. A rookie had not finished with Hellickson's combination of wins, innings and ERA since 1980, when Britt Burns did so for the White Sox.
Here's the link to the Baseball America story on Hellickson. www.baseballamerica.com/today/majors/awards/rookie-of-the-year/2011/2612526.html
Meanwhile, Rays OF Desmond Jennings joined Hellickson on Baseball America's Rookie Team. www.baseballamerica.com/today/majors/awards/rookie-of-the-year/2011/2612464.html
-- JOE SMITH