Hellickson certainly didn't tire at the end of the season. He finished off his 6-1, 2.59 ERA Triple-A showing with two starts spanning 15 innings, during which he allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out 21. Then he made two starts in the International League playoffs, striking out 18 over 12 1/3 innings, He capped it all off with five scoreless innings in the Triple-A National Championship Game -- meaning that over his last five starts, Hellickson allowed a grand total of four runs in 32 1/3 IP (1.11 ERA), walking six and striking out 39.
Scouting report: Stuff plus a feel for pitching can be a lethal combination and Hellickson has them both. He can get his fastball into the mid 90s and he can throw both his curve and changeup for strikes, the latter of the two now a plus offering. He's got great command and goes right after hitters.
Upside potential: Probably just a phone call away, once Hellickson gets a crack at that crowded rotation, he has the chance to be a very solid, if not elite, big league starter.
They said it: "He's a silent competitor with plus stuff." -- Rays farm director, Mitch Lukevics
He said it: "We have five really, really good starters up there right now. I've got to keep working hard. I'm close, but [I'm] still a long ways away."