Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year.
Hellickson went 6-1 with a 2.59 ERA in nine Triple-A starts. Nice and all, but actually worse than his four starts in the big leagues, where went 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA.
Hellickson was recalled on Sept. 1 when the rosters expanded and moved into the bullpen. He appeared in Saturday's game against the Orioles and gave up six hits and two runs in 1 2/3 innings.
However, he could find himself in the Rays' rotation soon, as Jeff Niemann had another bad outing on Monday against the Red Sox. He went just 1 2/3 inning, allowing six runs. Since coming back from a shoulder strain, he's gone 0-3 with a 20.03 ERA, giving up just 23 runs in 10 1/3 innings.
Despite the Rays' recent success with their farm system, the two Rays players who have won the award before Hellickson aren't part of the team's revival. One, Rocco Baldelli (2002) is back with the team after being sidelined by injuries through much of his career, but is nothing more than a bench player. The other, Delmon Young (2005) was traded to Minnesota before the Rays' magical 2008 season.
Jason Heyward won the award last season.
Although the article didn't have any other players considered, but others that had to be under consideration were Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas (.322/.369/.630 with 36 homers and 124 RBI), Philadelphia outfielder Domonic Brown (.327/.391/.589 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI), Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman (.319/.378/.521 with 18 home runs and 87 RBI) and Seattle right-hander Michael Pineda (11-4, 3.36 ERA).
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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