Tampa Bay Rays favorite Jeremy Hellickson, nicknamed Hellboy by local media and fans, has been a Major League Baseball veteran for the past eight years. The pitcher, who currently plays for the Washington Nationals, has represented a total of five teams and was named American League Rookie of the Year in 2011 and Gold Glove Award winner in 2012.
Jeremy Hellick’s son was born Jeremy Robert Hellickson by Leanne and Steve Hellickson on April 8, 1987, in Des Moines, Iowa. Even as a child, Hellickson showed signs that he was the talent he would grow up to be. He attended Hoover High School, where he started playing high school baseball.
According to his father, Hellickson was always the best player on the field when the school played. He was vastly superior to his peers, which led him to give up college to qualify for the draft. He was subsequently selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 4th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.
Jeremy Hellickson spent five years in the smaller leagues before moving up to the higher leagues in 2010. This year, the popular sports magazine Baseball America ranked him 18th among the most promising candidates for promotion to the league. He was also selected as a star pitcher for the 2010 All-Star Futures Game before making his Major League debut on August 2, 2010.
It was a rollercoaster debut season for Hellickson, as he was twice seeded on a Triple-A and then a High-A Minor League team. However, he was later called back to perform from the bullpen. In the 2011 season, Hellickson was named his team’s fifth starter, from whom he showed performances that earned him the Rookie of the Year award.
The following year, Hellickson moved up two places and became the team’s third pitcher, where his performances once again led to him being named co-winner of the 2012 American League Rawlings Gold Glove.
In November 2014, Jeremy Hellickson was traded for two more players for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He spent a year there before moving to the Phillies in Philadelphia in 2015, where he began playing as a starter. In particular, he was the first pitcher since Jack Sanford of the San Francisco Giants in 1963 to score a triple in a season-opening game.
After two years, Hellickson was reinstated by his team, this time for the Baltimore Orioles. He started his Orioles career with a bang, pitched seven innings, and struck three clubs to give his team a 6-0 win. Unfortunately, this proved to be the high point of his time there, as his performances continued to decline. At the end of the 2017 season, he became a free player and decided to play for the Washington Nationals with a minor league contract. He will try to give his new team a solid value as number 4 or 5.
The best performances in Jeremy Hellickson’s career came during his time with the Tampa Bay Rays. In his first season, he played 10 games with a deserved run average of 3.47 and 33 strikeouts. The following year, when he won the Rookie Award, he played 29 games with a deserved average of 2.95 and 117 strikeouts. In 2012 he increased his performances and played 31 games with a deserved average of 3.10 and 124 strikeouts.
Over the course of his career, he has played a total of 213 games with an ERA score of 4.05, 868 strikeouts, and a WHIP score of 1.24.
Jeremy Hellickson’s Contract and Salary
Jeremy Hellickson has currently signed a one-year minor league contract with the Washington Nationals worth $2 million. The veteran pitcher has suffered a salary cut of up to $15 million after signing a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies worth $17 million in the 2017 season.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Jeremy Robert Hellickson
Date of Birth: April 6, 1987
Place of Birth: Des Moines, Iowa
Profession: Baseball Player
Height: 6 feet 1 inch (1.85m)
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Honors: Most Valuable Player of the 2009 Triple-A National Baseball Championship, Most Valuable Player of the 2010 Minor League, Most Valuable Pitcher of the 2010 International League, Most Valuable Player of the 2010 Minor League, 2010 Minor League Player of USA Today, Rookie of the Month for May 2011 and Pitcher of the Month, 2011 AL Rookie of the Year and 2012 Golden Glove.