Rays Top Ten Best Starters in Franchise History

By Mat Germain
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Oct 8, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox of game four of the American League divisional series at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

#7 Jeremy Hellickson – RHP – 6’1″ 190 lbs

Drafted: by the Rays in the 4th round of the 2005 draft


Resume among starters:

  • GS: 108, 4th
  • IP: 640, 4th
  • Wins: 40, 4th
  • ERA: 3.78, 6th
  • SO: 463, 6th
  • AVG: .245, 9th
  • Whip: 1.26, 7th

There has to be an injury somewhere in Jeremy’s arm. That’s my only explanation for his demise over the last few years. Not to give anything away, but his lack in use of the cutter over the last 2 years seems to have impacted his overall numbers. He just can’t fool anyone anymore. With the Rays, when he was throwing pitches with great movement and in 5 ranges of speeds, he was dominant. I know I was fooled and really thought he’d be an ace. As it is, we’ll remember his first few years as a Rays pitcher fondly and wonder about what could have been.

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