And the awards just keep rolling in. Jeremy Hellickson and Desmond Jennings were named to the Topps Rookie All Star Team, consisting of the top rookies at each position. This is Hellickson’s third rookie honor this offseason, after winning the Sporting News Rookie of the Year and the Baseball Writers Association of America’s Rookie of the Year.
Hellickson had a great season as the Rays number three starter. He cemented himself in the rotation behind James Shields and David Price with a 13-10 record and a 2.95 ERA. Now the question is who the final two starters will be.
Desmond Jennings also had a good season in the short time he spent in the Big Leagues. He batted .259 with 10 homers in his 63 games. He started off scorching hot after getting called up from Durham, but did cool off a little bit towards the end of the season. The one thing his hot start did do is firmly plant Jennings into the left field starting spot for next season.
Other News and Notes
- Andrew Friedman spoke today on next week’s Winter Meetings. The Heater has all the details. A few things I found interesting: The Rays are looking for first base, DH, and bullpen help next week. Also, Friedman is still not looking to trade any starters unless they can get Major League ready talent. He also does not expect BJ Upton to be traded since the Rays are looking to “add to their offensive core.”
- Friedman also said that Robinson Chirinos and Jose Lobaton will compete for catching work behind Jose Molina.
- The Rays gave all their coaches but one new contracts, with Bobby Ramos being the odd man out. Stan Boroski, who filled in for Ramos when Bobby was ill at the end of last season, will become the full time bullpen coach.
- Joe Cappozzi of the Palm Beach Post recently wrote that Logan Morrison may need knee surgery this offseason, lessening the chances of the rumored James Shields for LoMo trade rumors. Those rumors may have been put to rest with Andrew Friedman’s comments on not wanting to trade starters earlier today.