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Top prospects OF Desmond Jennings and RHP Jeremy Hellickson added to Rays 40-man roster



The Tampa Bay Rays have added two of their top prospects, OF Desmond Jennings and RHP Jeremy Hellickson, to their 40-man roster.

The move was expected, as the deadline is Friday to set their 40-man, and both Jennings (the Rays Minor League Player of the Year) and Hellickson (Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Year) are expected to be key pieces in the Rays future.

The Rays are also adding LHP Alex Torres (acquired from the Angels in the Scott Kazmir trade) to the 40-man, and reinstated 1B Carlos Pena from the 60-day disabled list to complete the roster.

Both Jennings and Hellickson helped lead Triple-A Durham Bulls win the International League title and the Triple-A National Championship. Jennings hit .318 with 11 homers and 52 steals for Durham and Double-A Montgomery, and has said being healthy for the first time in a few years made a big difference.

Hellickson, 22, also made the most of his promotion to Durham, going 6-1 in nine starts.


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[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:52am]


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