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Hellickson Optioned

The Rays have optioned Jeremy Hellickson to Charlotte and recalled Jeff Beliveau from Durham, according to Fox Sports Florida‘s Andrew Astleford.

This amounts to a paper move, as Hellickson is unlikely to pitch for the Stone Crabs, and seems probable to return to the Rays as soon as rosters expand and Charlotte’s season ends(on September 1).

In yesterday’s start, Hellickson showed no willingness to pitch inside against left-handers. He allowed seven hits, five of which came on changeups, and three of those were in two-strike counts. The hits he allowed were not on poorly located pitches, per se, yet the Royals were able to identify and/or track his changeup well enough to rap them into the outfield. This wasn’t a case of Hellickson leaving mistakes over the plate and watching them fly over the fences so much as a case where his go-to-secondary pitch deserted him, leaving him without a quick way to end at-bats.

Presumably the Rays are hoping Hellickson is just fatigued, physically and perhaps mentally. In the interim they’ll need a starter for Saturday’s game. Jake Odorizzi figures to be the guy. As for Beliveau, this is his third recall of the season, though he’s yet to appear in a game.



2 Comments

  1. Dan Padavona wrote:

    Hellickson remains an enigma to me. He spends the last 2 seasons far outperforming his poor peripherals, then blows up in 2013 despite improving peripherals.

    What I like: 3 consecutive seasons of declining SIERA. Even xFIP is at a new low. That’s a good sign.

    What I don’t like: Even with SIERA down to 4.17, that ranks him just 24 out of 41 qualifying pitchers. Not bad for a 5th starter, but I’m not paying him high Arbitration numbers in coming years without significant improvement.

    Also – advanced pitching metrics have a hard time handling the difference between pitch control and command within the zone. Heat maps show Hellickson has been hanging pitches over the plate for much of 2013. The result – a BB% rate which isn’t too bad, but a lot of hammered hits.

    I’m not ready to give up on him. Let’s wait and see. But there are good pitchers waiting to take his spot in this org so he better figure it out sooner than later if he wants to stay in TB.

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