Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has been named Major League Rookie of the Year by the…
Scouting Playoff Pitchers: Jeremy Hellickson
Fastball: 90-94 MPH
Changeup: 80-82 MPH
Curveball: 75-77 MPH
Cutter: 88-90 MPH
The Skinny: Like his fellow staff member James Shields, Hellickson's weapon of choice is definitely his changeup. When it's on, he's able to get some weak swings early in counts and it allows him to move through a lineup very efficiently. Hellickson's velocity also has a tendency to play up a tick or two because of the big differential on his changeup.
Hellickson's changeup movement also matches his fastball spin nicely, and that's what makes it such a tough pitch. He'll also cut his fastball now and then, which is just another wrinkle to keep hitters off his plus changeup.
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