Jeremy Hellickson was named the top rookie in the American League this season.  Hellickson received 17 of 28 first-place votes and was named on 24 of the 28 ballots. The Rays Desmond Jennings finished tied for seventh with a single third-place vote.

Hellickson is the second member of the Tampa Bay Rays to win the award, joining Evan Longoria, who won the award in 2008. He is also just the second starting pitcher to win the award in the last 30 years. Justin Verlander also won the award in 2006.

Hellickson went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA (4.44 FIP). He struck out 117 batters and walked 72 in 189.0 innings. The Rays won 16 of the 29 games he started.

Here is a full breakdown of the voting…



  1. Gus says:

    Congratulations to Hell Boy. If he can get some run support next year, he’ll be even better. A truly great accomplishment.

    If the Marlins sign Reyes and/or Pujlos, is that their version of the “Hit Show”? The new uniforms are just as bad as Vince Namioli’s original set.

    Memo to rays marketing dept: Start the “Tampa Bay Rays: Florida’s Team” marketing right now. They Marlins are isolating themselves from the rest of Florida, both geographically (moving south, into Little Havana) and philosophically, with a heavy latin emphasis and adopting “Miami” and dropping “Florida”. The Rays should counter that in Naples and Fort Myers and I-4 coordior and highlight their winning tradition vs. the boom and bust Marlins. When the Marlins implode under Ozzie, the Rays should have 80% of the state to themselves.

  2. Dew says:

    That’s awesome. Congrats.

  3. CRRaysHead90 says:

    Yankees fans are complaining that Nova got robbed and that it’s “another example of bias against the Yankees!” HAHAHAHA!

  4. Robert says:

    Reyes, Pujols > Castilla, Canseco

    • Gus says:

      Common theme among them all: extreme muscularity (see Reyes in the ESPN photo shoot) and hence steroid suspicions. Once they get the big paycheck, some steroid users (or likely steroid users) waste away. Certainly that is the best explanation for Castilla’s (and Pat the Bat’s) career nose dive in Tampa Bay, maybe Vaughn’s as well.

      Just saying those contracts are going to be a large albatross around that market for a long time. Not sure they can support them. But kudos for them for trying, I guess. Just kind of a quick fix mentality that doesn’t usually work in baseball. Reminds me of 1999 at the Trop.

  5. phil says:

    Ok let’s trade Hell Boy to Cincy for Grandel, Alsono, Frazier and Hamilton their SS propspect ….and maybe a pitcher …kidding!

  6. Steve says:

    Are the stat heads starting to really piss anyone else off as much as they are me right now about Helly winning ROY? Their arguments start with sure Hellickson had an ERA almost a full run lower than Pineda but his BABIB and xFIP and FIP “suggest” that he was lucky and cannot keep up the success, WWHHHAAAATTTT? Thtat is the most retarded reason to not give the guy who did have the best year the ROY. Hellickson put up a great ERA and OPP BA and did it down the stretch of the WC race in the best division in MLB. I don’t see how anyone else should have won this award. Pineda should not have been 5th though, at least 3rd probably 2nd.

    • Sarah says:

      I think BABIP can be a useful and interesting metric, but I feel that many of those who use it overstate its significance. Yes, a strong record with a low BABIP can simply mean a guy is lucky — he gives up scorching line drives that happen to get caught. But is anyone really that “lucky” over the course of a season? The low ERA-low BABIP guy can also be effective at “pitching to contact” and inducing a lot of pop ups, fly-outs and weak ground balls. That’s not luck — that’s strategy.

      Also, I see BABIP as a way to project a pitcher’s likely trajectory, but not as a way to evaluate the success of his performance. You get awards for getting guys out, however you do it, not for achieving excellence in your BABIP line.

      Final thought, Rays are a good fielding team whose management takes pride in doing the research to position fielders where they ought to be. So lower than average BABIPs among their pitchers might be expected, but should also be replicable assuming their emphasis on fielding continues.

  7. Dustin says:

    The argument that BABIP, FIP, and xFIP suggest Hellboy was lucky (which, by the way, they do) is probably not a good argument against giving him the 2011 ROTY award, but it is a reason to worry about his future. After all, these numbers mean something, and xFIP is, among available stats, the best predictor of future pitching performance. This should make us worry a bit. But it does not take anything away from the fact that Hellickson had an excellent season, and his non-peripheral numbers were mostly good. That’s what ought to matter for ROTY voters.

    Yearly awards like ROTY and MVP are not about statistical performance, they’re about recognizing performance in a given year. It doesn’t, or shouldn’t, matter if the performance is anomalous. All the stats ought do to our evaluation of Hellboy is temper our expectations and give us conversation-fodder.

    That said, a statistical discrepancy, between ERA and OPP BA on the one hand and BABIP and FIP on the other, might indicate luck, or it might be a result of excellent defense (Shields and Davis also finished the year with lower ERA than xFIP). Maybe he’s not lucky in any sense other than this: he’s lucky to be a Ray. Regardless, he had a great season, and was huge for the Rays down the stretch. Congrats to him. Here’s hoping next season will be even better.

    • pete says:

      His babip is so low because of the insane amount of poor contact and weak pop up’s to the infield. The new advanced metrics are fantastic but people who rely on just these metrics and just throw out the stats and just what you can see are just idiots. xFIP is a great predictive measure but using anyone’s rookie year to try and extrapolate what his future brings is just plain nutso… Can we say small sample size? As the voting suggested , Hellickson won ROY hands down , as he should have.

      • Dustin says:

        I totally agree. I don’t think the numbers indicate that Hellickson’s WILL regress in the future, and I certainly, emphatically, don’t think they make a case against his selection as ROTY. They’re just food for thought.

  8. Nick says:

    Stats are fun to look at sure. However did you actually watch the games. See Jeremy on the mound showing the same demeanor no matter what the situation. He just pulls that hat down, pumps that ice water though his veins and works. He never quits, ever!! Find that in a stat.

    • pete says:

      Exactly. There are certain things that no stats or metrics take account for. As a rookie Hellickson pitched like a seasoned vet , even after he hit the wall in September. No metrics account for makeup and pitching intelligence beyond his years. Not to mention facing the Yankees and Red Sox in 8 of his starts.

  9. Steve says:

    The goal of a pitcher is to get guys out and not let runs score. So if you are a pitcher who has a defense the caliber of the Rays behind you and you live in the low 90′s with your FB, than you would be crazy not to try to pitch to contact. Does BABIP take into account how many pop ups and GBDPs a pitcher induces? As a die hard fan I watched every game Helly pitched and it sure never seemed to me for an instant that he was lucky or couldn’t keep up his success. This is a guy that kept hitters off balance all year and got a lot of weak 3 hoppers and pop ups to the infield that seem like are affecting his “lucky low BABIP”.

    • pete says:

      If anything he was off this year. He will never walk 3.5 guys per 9 again in his career. Hellickson is the real deal and like others here … I don’t give a crap what the advanced metrics say in this instance.

      • Drew says:

        Couldn’t agree more. Career walk rate in minors was 2.13 per 9 innings. Sure He probably won’t average a .220 BABIP for the rest of his career but there’s at least a good chance he can keep it lower than most starters.

  10. CC says:

    Hellickson is Gregg Maddux reincarnated.

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