Jeremy Robert Hellickson...Is a 2005 graduate of Hoover (IA) High School....Was named a 2005 preseason First-Team All-American by Baseball America prior to his senior season...Was a four-year letterman and three-year starter in basketball as a shooting guard, earning all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior...Was recruited by the University of Iowa to play basketball and baseball, but committed to pitch at Louisiana State University before being drafted...Won a gold medal with USA Baseball's 16U National Team at the World Youth Championships in Taiwan in 2004... Supports the childhood cancer charity "Kids Living Brave" with an annual offseason pitching clinic in Iowa.
Provided stability to Washington's rotation, starting the season 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA (11 ER/43.0 IP) in eight starts from April 16 to May 29...Struck out 34 batters against just six walks...Posted a 0.93 WHIP during this stretch...At the time of his injury, ranked among NL pitchers (min. 8 GS) in WHIP (2nd, 0.93), walks per 9.0 IP (2nd, 1.26), SO/BB ratio (6th, 5.67) and ERA (8th, 2.30)...Suffered a right hamstring strain on June 3 at Atlanta...Surrendered just 20 walks, the fewest among MLB pitchers with at least 19 starts...His 11 home runs allowed were seventh-fewest in the National League (min. 19 GS)... He recorded a career-best WHIP (1.073), and issued just two walks per 9.0 innings, his lowest mark since his rookie season of 2010.
Made his Phillies debut, 4/4 at CIN (ND, 6.0 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 6 SO)...Was the first starting pitcher to make his Phillies debut on Opening Day since Roy Halladay in 2010...T-3rd in the NL in SHO (1), T-5th in GIDP (21), T-8th in starts (32) and ranked 9th in BB/9.0 IP (2.14)...Posted a career-best 3.2 fWAR, the highest by a Phillies right-hander since Halladay (8.3) in 2011...Set career highs in SO (154) and starts and tied his career high in innings (189.0)...Walked only 13 of the 406 RHH he faced (3.2% BB rate) and held RHH to a .261 OBP...Pitched at least 6.0 innings in 21 of his 32 starts (65%), including in a career-best 9 straight starts, 6/10-7/25, which was tied for longest streak by a Phillies starter (Aaron Nola)...Tossed his 2nd career SHO, 9/17 vs MIA...In his final 14 home starts, went 7-3, 2.53 ERA (26 ER, 92.1 IP) after going 0-1, 11.05 ERA (9 ER, 7.1 IP) in his first 2 home starts of the season...The Phillies went 17-15 (.531) in his 32 starts
Spent the entire season with ARI...In six starts vs the NL East, posted a 3.38 ERA (14 ER, 37.1 IP)...Had a 5.04 ERA (53 ER, 94.2 IP) in 17 starts before the All-Star break and a 3.86 ERA (22 ER, 51.1 IP) in 10 starts after...Among NL pitchers, T-3rd in RBI (7) and finished 5th in AVG (.220)...Posted a 1.88 ERA (5 ER, 24.0 IP) over four July starts...Was on the DL with a strained left hamstring, 8/19-9/10; made one rehab start with Reno (AAA) on 9/6...Lost each of his last four starts of the season, 9/14-10/3 (4.76 ERA, 9 ER, 17.0 IP)
Was 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA (32 ER in 63.2 IP) over 13 starts after beginning the season on the 15-day disabled list...Missed the first 3 months of the year after having a minor arthroscopic procedure in January to remove loose bodies from his right elbow...In his first five starts, went 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA (6 ER in 26.2 IP) before going 0-4 with a 6.32 ERA (26 ER in 37.0 IP) in his final eight...Left-handers batted .213 (30-for-141)...Made his 100th career start on Aug. 12 @ Rangers, becoming the fourth Rays starter in club history to reach the milestone, joining James Shields (217), David Price (170) and Scott Kazmir (144)...Made eight Minor League starts between Single-A Charlotte, Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham and went 1-5 with a 4.96 ERA (18 ER in 322 IP) and 33 strikeouts...Traded to D-backs for INF Andrew Velazquez and OF Justin Williams on Nov. 14.
Was the only Ray to reach 30 starts, but finished with a career-high 5.17 ERA (174-IP, 100-ER), the 3rd highest among major league qualifiers behind SD/LAD Edinson Volquez (5.71) and SEA Joe Saunders (5.26)…had finished 8th in the AL in 2011 and 6th in 2012, and entered the 2013 season with the lowest career ERA in club history (3.06)... Hellickson (12-10) and Saunders (11-16) were the only two major league pitchers to win 10-plus games with an ERA of 5.00 or greater…only one other Ray has won as many games with an ERA of over 5.00: James Shields (13-15, 5.18 ERA) in 2010…only one other Ray has had a winning record with 10 wins and a 5.00 ERA: Mark Henderickson (11-8, 5.90) in 2005... His ERA increased by 2.07 runs (3.10 to 5.17) from 2012, 3rd-greatest jump in the majors among pitchers with at least 100 IP each year…according to Stats LLC, only Ryan Vogelsong (2.36) and Lucas Harrell (2.09) were greater... Received 5.74 R/9 IP in run support, 5th highest in the AL, after getting 3.86 R/9 IP in 2012 (3rd lowest in the AL)... From June 2-July 26, went 8-1 with a 3.17 ERA over 10 starts…from July 31 through season's end, went 2-7 with a 7.15 ERA (45.1-IP, 36-ER) over 11 apps (10 starts)... In August was 0-4 with a 9.15 ERA (20.2-IP, 35-H, 21-ER)…after allowing 5 runs in 2.2 IP on Aug 26 at KC, was optioned to Class-A Charlotte on Aug 27…had his option transferred to Montgomery on Sep 1…did not pitch in any minor league games…was gone from the major league roster a total of seven days…made 5 apps (4 starts) after his return, going 2-2 with a 4.87 ERA (20.1-IP, 11-ER). In 16 starts on the road, went 6-7 with a 5.59 ERA (85.1-IP, 53-ER), the highest road ERA in the AL…the Rays won 11 of his 15 starts at home but only 6 of his 16 starts on the road... Opposing batters hit .245/.300/.416 with no one on base compared to .319/.363/.502 with runners on…stranded just 66.2 pct. of his base runners, lowest mark in the AL (league average was 73.5)…stranded 82.7 pct. of his base runners in 2012 (best in majors) and 82.0 pct. in 2011 (2nd best in majors)... Opponents hit .333 (46-for-138) against him with runners in scoring position and .403 (27-for-67) with RISP and 2 outs... His strikeout-to-walk ratio was 2.70 (135-SO, 50-BB)…it was 2.10 in 2012 and 1.63 in 2011... Averaged 25.6 seconds between pitches, making him the second-slowest-working starter in the majors behind only teammate David Price (25.8)…league average was 22.6 seconds... Went 7-2 vs. the AL East and is 22-10 in his career…was 4-0 vs. the 2013 AL postseason teams…was 0-3 in 5 interleague starts and is 1-6 in 10 career starts... Over his 95 career starts, the Rays are 29-9 when he does not allow a HR (10-3 in 2013) and 21-36 when he does (8-11 in 2013)... Went 5-1 with a 3.53 ERA (35.2-IP, 14-ER) in June…tied a franchise record with 5 wins in a calendar month, joining Matt Moore (April 2013), David Price (July 2013 and June 2012) and Scott Kazmir (May 2008)... Despite his 6.69 ERA (37.2-IP, 28-ER) in May, he never took a loss (1-0)…only five other pitchers in major league history have posted an ERA that high over at least 6 starts in a calendar month and still remained undefeated (last LAA Jered Weaver in July 2009; 2-0, 6.88 ERA)... Received his first career ejection on April 28 at CWS when he was ejected from the dugout after the 7th inning by home plate umpire Tom Hallion for arguing balls and strikes while David Price was pitching... Pitched the final 2.1 innings of the Rays 6-hour, 54-minute, 18-inning win on Sep 20 vs. BAL, earning his second career win in relief... POSTSEASON: Started Game 4 of the ALDS vs. BOS and worked just 1 inning, the shortest postseason start in club history…had a 1-2-3 first inning, then allowed 2 four-pitch walks and a single to start the 2nd and left with the bases loaded…was replaced by Jamey Wright who stranded all 3 base runners…Rays lost 3-1 and set a major league postseason record for most pitchers used (nine) in a 9-inning game.
The 2011 AL Rookie of the Year, Hellickson becamethe second pitcher in major league history to win both a Rookie of the Year Award and a Gold Glove Award, joining Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers (1982 NL Rookie of the Year, 1986 NL Gold Glove)...is the fourth Ray to win aGold Glove, first pitcher...Named co-winner with CWS Jake Peavy, marking the first time two pitchers had tied for a Gold Glove Award...at 25, became the youngest pitcher to win a Gold Glove since KC Bret Saberhagen (25) in 1989...since the Gold Glove was first awarded in 1957, he became the first pitcher in the majors to win the Gold Glove within his first three seasons...three pitchers previously won the award in their fourth season: MIN Jim Kaat (1962), SEA Mark Langston (1987) and LAD Clayton Kershaw (2011)...Finished sixth in the AL with a 3.10 ERA, but was the only member of the rotation with a losing record (10-11)...in the last 25 years, only four AL starters have finished with a losing record with an ERA that low: CAL Jim Abbott, 1982 (7-15, 2.77); SEA/DET Doug Fister, 2011 (11-13, 2.83); CLE Kevin Millwood, 2005 (9-11, 2.86); and NYY Melido Perez, 1992 (13-16, 2.87)...his ERA was the lowest in Rays history by a starter with a losing record...Became the first in Rays history to finish in the AL's top 10 in ERA in back-to-back years, after finishing 8th in 2011...joined DET Justin Verlander, LAA Jered Weaver and NYY CCSabathia as the only pitchers to finish in the AL's top 10 in each of the last two seasons...The last time a Rookie of the Year (AL or NL) matched Hellickson's totals for wins (10) and ERA (3.10) the season after winning the awardwas NL winner NYM Dwight Gooden in 1985...Has a career 2.96 ERA (392.1-IP, 129-ER) as a starter, the 2nd-lowest mark of any active pitcher (min. 50 starts)...only Clayton Kershaw is lower (2.80)...is the Rays all-time leader (min. 300 IP) with a career 3.06 ERA overall...Allowed 3 ER or less in 27 of his 31 starts...the only AL pitchers who had more were TEX/LAA C.J. Wilson (29) and David Price (28)...has 50 such starts over the last 2 seasons, matching DET Justin Verlander...for his career, has allowed 3 ER or less in 57 of his 64 starts...Has allowed five hits or less in 36 of his starts over the last two seasons, second most in the AL behind TEX/LAA C.J. Wilson (38)...Began the season 4-0 over his first eight starts (through May 16)...after that, went 6-11 over 23 starts despite a 3.23 ERA during that span...pitched to a 2.81 ERA (96-IP, 30-ER) over his final 17 starts but went only 6-7...Became the first Rookie of the Year to open a season 4-0 as a starter the year after winning the award...SD Butch Metzger (1976 NL ROY) went 4-0 as a reliever in 1977, the only other pitcher to do so...through 2012, there have been 23 starting pitchers and 34 pitchers overall to win the award...Received the 3rd-lowest run support in the AL, at 3.86 R/9 IP (76-R, 177-IP)...only CLE Justin Masterson (3.40) and SEA Felix Hernandez (3.65) received less...the Rays scored two runs or less of support with him on the mound in 10 of his 11 losses...Lost three games by a 3-1 score, two by 2-1 and on Aug 15 at SEA he became the 8th pitcher in major league history to be on the losing end of a 1-0 perfect game when Felix Hernandez threw baseball's 23rd perfect game...has been shut out seven times in his last 49 starts...for comparison's sake, DET Justin Verlander hasn't been shut out in his last 47 starts...Opponents hit .265 on balls in play (BABIP), fifth lowest in the majors...only LAA Jered Weaver (.242), LAA Ervin Santana (.243), SEA Jason Vargas (.258) and ATL Mike Minor (.260) were lower...led the majors with a .224 BABIP in 2011...Worked seven innings or more in only six of his 31 starts, compared to 14 of his 29 starts in 2011...averaged 16.9 pitches per inning, 6th highest in the AL and up from his 15.6 mark in 2011...Stranded 82.7 percent of his base runners, best in the majors, ahead of David Price's 81.1....Threw his changeup 28.3 percent of the time, second highest among qualifying starters in the majors, behind only James Shields (28.9)...Led the AL with a 1.71 ERA (31.2-IP, 6-ER) in September and October combined, followed by DET Max Scherzer (1.91) and DET Justin Verlander (1.93)...has a 2.20 ERA in September-October over the last two seasons, second best in the AL behind DET Doug Fister (1.73)...Went winless over nine straight starts (May 21-July 18) while losing six games, the longest losing streak of his career...had six quality starts over that span...Missed two starts after being placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation from June 20-29 (retroactive to June 15)...returned on June 30 vs. DET and was removed in the third inning with a bruised right shin after being struck by a Prince Fielder line drive...X-rays came back negative...In his first start of the year, fell one out shy of a shutout on April 8 vs. NYY, beating Phil Hughes, 3-0, on his 25th birthday...fell one out shy of becoming the first pitcher to throw a CG shutout on his birthday since HOU Doug Drabek on July 25, 1995 vs. LAD (Drabek turned 33).
Named the AL winner of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award as voted on by the BBWAA...was listed first on 17 of the 28 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city, second on five and third on two to amass 102 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system...Became just the second starting pitcher to win the AL award in the past 30 seasons joining DET Justin Verlander in 2006...was the 2nd Ray to win the award in the last 4 years, joining Evan Longoria (2008)...is just the 2nd Iowaborn player to win the AL or NL award joining 1968 AL winner Stan Bahnsen...also named Baseball America's Major League Rookie of the Year and named to the Topps All-Star Rookie Team...Led all major league rookies in ERA (2.90), innings pitched (189), opp avg. (.210), games started (29) and quality starts (20)...was 2nd in wins with 13, tied with Jeff Niemann (2009) for the 2nd most ever by a Rays rookie...fell one shy of Rolando Arrojo (1998).His 2.95 ERA ranked 8th overall in the AL...the last AL rookie to finish with a lower ERA (min. 162 IP) was KC Kevin Appier in 1990 (2.76)...His .210 opp avg. was 3rd lowest in the majors behind 2011 Cy Young winners DET Justin Verlander (.192) and LAD Clayton Kershaw (.207)...it was the lowest by a rookie since CHC...Kerry Wood (.196) in 1998 and the lowest by an AL rookie since KC Tom Gordon (also .210) in 1989...In the modern era (since 1900), only five AL rookies who qualified for the ERA title finished with an ERA and opp avg. as low as Hellickson's: NYY Russ Ford (1910), WAS Mickey Haefner (1943), CLE Herb Score (1955), NYY Al Downing (1963) and BAL Wally Bunker (1964)...The Rays scored a total of 9 runs in his 10 losses and were shut out 5 times...only one major league starter was shut out more in 2011: LAA Tyler Chatwood (6)...Went undefeated in September (2-0) with a 2.67 ERA (33.2-IP, 10-ER) in 5 starts vs. AL East opponents...Rays were 4-1 in those starts...the only loss came on Sep 21 at NYY (Game 2)...Hellickson went 7 innings allowing only 2 hits and 2 runs and left with the scored tied 2-2...Yankees won, 4-2, but CC Sabathia was denied his 20th win...Allowed 3 earned runs or less in 26 of 29 starts...Pitched 7 or more innings 14 times, tops among all major league rookies...had 2 of the 3 complete games by AL rookies in 2011, both 4-hitters at home against BAL Jeremy Guthrie...on May 13 tossed his first career shutout and on Sep 4 he won 8-1...Averaged 19.6 outs per start...the last AL rookie to finish a season with a higher average (min. 25 starts) was MIL Steve Sparks in 1995 (20.3)...his 189 IP were most by an AL rookie in three years...In May was named the AL Pitcher of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month after going 4-1...with a 1.36 ERA (33-IP, 5-ER) in 5 starts...since the Rookie of the Month awards began in 2001, he became the third player (first in AL) to win dual awards for the same month, along with MIL Ryan Braun (July 2007) and FLA Dontrelle Willis (June 2003)...was the second Rays pitcher to be named AL Rookie of the Month, joining Wade Davis (July 2010)...Beat the Red Sox twice at Fenway Park, on April 11 and Sep 15...is one of only three rookies in the last 35 years to do so along with BAL Rodrigo Lopez (3 in 2002) and OAK Brett Anderson (2 in 2009)...Had a club-record streak of 24 scoreless innings at Tropicana Field between April 22-June 15...Won 10 of his first 15 starts as a Ray, spanning 2010-11, the first in club history to do so...was one of five active pitchers who won 10 of their first 15 career starts, along with Francisco Liriano, Jered Weaver, Chuck James, and Brett Tomko...POSTSEASON: Started and lost Game 4 of the ALDS vs. Texas, 4-3...worked 4 innings and allowed 4 hits and 3 runs, all coming on solo home runs to Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre (2).
Twenty-three-year-old righthander saw hisfirst major league action, appearing in 10games ... made his debut Aug 2 vs. MIN ... made 4 starts over two stints in August, andjoined the bullpen on Sep 1 during his thirdstint with the Rays ... spent the rest of the seasonwith Triple-A Durham. ... Combining his time with the Rays and Bulls,went 16-3 with a 2.69 ERA (154-IP, 135-H, 46-ER, 43-BB, 156-SO) in 31 games (25 starts). ... Became the first pitcher in the modern era(since 1920) to pitch 6-plus innings allowing 3hits or fewer in each of his first 3 major leagueappearances ... in those 3 starts, totaled 20 IP,9 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB and 18 SO, with a .136 (9-for-66) opp avg. ... the last pitcher to debut in themajors with 3 starts (of any length) allowing 3hits or less was SF Matt Cain in 2005. ... Won his first 3 starts, the first in Rays history todo so ... only one other Rays pitcher had evenwon his first 2 starts . Joe Kennedy in 2001. ... Went 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA as a starter (26.1-IP,16-H, 6-ER, 4-BB, 25-SO, .172 opp avg.) ... as areliever, went 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA (10-IP, 16-H,8-ER, 4-BB, 8-SO, 3-HR) in 6 outings ... in hisfirst relief app, Sep 4 at BAL, allowed 2 R/ERon 6 H in 1.2 IP. ... Earned a virtual clean sweep of minor leagueawards ... was named Minor League Player ofthe Year by Baseball America and USA Today,Minor League Pitcher of the Year by SportingNews and International League Most ValuablePitcher ... after the season, was named apostseason International League All-Star, BAMinor League All-Star and a Topps Triple-AAll-Star. ... Is the third Rays recipient of the USA TodayMinor League Player of the Year (David Pricein 2008, Josh Hamilton in 2000) and third Raysrecipient of the same honor from BA (DelmonYoung in 2005, Rocco Baldelli in 2002) ... is thesixth different player (fourth pitcher) to earnboth in the same season. ... Was named Minor League Pitcher of the Yearfor the Rays system for a second straight year,the first pitcher to win the honor twice. ... Made his major league debut on Aug 2 vs.MIN and beat Carl Pavano, 4-2, to become thesixth Rays starter to win his big league debut,and first since Jeff Niemann on April 13, 2008vs. BAL ... 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO ... tiedthe club record for fewest hits allowed andmost IP by a starting pitcher in his ML debut ... was optioned to Durham after the game. ... Retired the first 10 batters he faced, the first inRays history to do so and first AL pitcher sinceNYY Chien-Ming Wang on April 30, 2005 vs.TOR (also 10 batters). ... Ended Minnesota's 8-game winning streak,the first pitcher to do this in his debut since1974, when Montreal's 8-gamer was snappedby NYM Randy Sterling . the only victory of his3-game career. ... Earned a win in relief on Sep 22 at NYY, replacingWade Davis after a rain delay of more thantwo hours ... worked 3.1 innings, his longestrelief outing ... became the third Ray to beginhis major league career 4-0, joining JamesShields and Tim Corcoran, both in 2006. ... Made 21 starts for Durham, going 12-3 witha 2.45 ERA (117.2-IP, 32-ER) and a strikeoutto-walk ratio of 3.51 ... led the IL in ERA ... at thetime of his first call-up, also led the IL in winsand strikeouts (123). ... In 30 total starts for Durham over 2009-10,went 18-4 with a 2.47 ERA (175-IP, 134-H, 54-R, 48-ER, 50-BB, 193-SO, .213 opp avg.) ... the Bulls went 25-5 when he took the mound,including 17-4 in 2010. ... Started the All-Star Futures Game on July 11at Angel Stadium for the U.S. ... pitched 2 inningsand picked up the win (2-H, 1-R/ER). ... Had a 22-inning scoreless streak fromMay 24.June 9 ... on May 24 vs. Pawtucket(Red Sox), tossed 8 scoreless innings, allowing1 hit ... was perfect through 6 innings andcarried a no-hitter into the 8th. ... Made 2 scoreless relief apps for the Raysin spring training, totaling 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 BB,6 SO ... on March 5 at Legends Field (NYY),threw 1.1 IP and struck out Derek Jeter andMark Teixeira. ... Was named by BA's Best Tools survey of ILmanagers as Best Pitching Prospect and BestChange-up in the league ... at midseason, BAalso rated him the top pitching prospect in thegame and No. 4 prospect overall behind outfieldersPHI Domonic Brown, LAA Mike Troutand TB Desmond Jennings. ... Enters 2011 rated by BA as the top prospect inthe Rays org. ... BA also named him Best Controland Best Change-up in the Rays system. ... Was rated the No. 2 prospect in the game (andtop pitching prospect) by MiLB.com ... AngelsOF Mike Trout was listed No. 1.
Was named Minor League Pitcher of the Yearfor the Rays organization...went a combined9-2 with a 2.45 ERA (114-IP, 72-H, 35-R, 31-ER, 29-BB, 132-SO) in 20 starts for Double-AMontgomery and Triple-A Durham...earned apromotion to Durham on July 22....During his time with the Biscuits, he was sidelinedfrom May 6-June 21 with a right shoulderstrain...exited his 6th start of the season,May 5 vs. Birmingham (White Sox), after only2 innings and was placed on the disabled listthe following day...returned to the mound onJune 22 and made 5 more starts for Montgomerybefore his promotion....Overall held opponents to a .178 batting avg.,which would have led all full-season minorleaguers if he had enough innings to qualify...totaled 10.42 strikeouts per 9 innings, whichwould have ranked 5th in the minors....After joining the Bulls, went 6-1 with a 2.51ERA in 9 starts and had more than twice asmany strikeouts (70) as hits allowed (31)...afterthe promotion he improved his opp avg.(.198 with Montgomery, .157 with Durham) andstrikeout rate (9.85 SO/9 IP with Montgomery,10.99 with Durham)....Was named a midseason All-Star for theSouthern League....Struck out 10 or more batters in 3 consecutivestarts for Durham, August 20-30...onAug 30 vs. Gwinnett (Braves), he tossed 8 shutoutinnings of one-hit ball with 12 strikeouts...allowed 3 or fewer hits in his final 5 starts ofthe season and totaled 41 strikeouts over hisfinal 4 starts...did not allow a run over his final2 starts, ending the season with 15 consecutivescoreless innings....Started Game 1 in both rounds of the InternationalLeague playoffs, with Durham winningboth games...went 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA in thepostseason, totaling 12.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R/ER, 4 BBand 18 SO...struck out 12 in Game 1 of the firstround, Sep 9 vs. Louisville (Reds)...also startedfor Durham in the Triple-A national championshipon Sep 22 vs. Memphis in OklahomaCity, and allowed only 2 hits over 5 scorelessinnings to earn MVP honors....Led the SL in strikeouts in April (33) and the ILin strikeouts in August (51)...his 132 strikeoutsoverall ranked 3rd among Rays minor leaguers....Was added to the Rays 40-man roster onNov 19....After the season, was ranked by BaseballAmerica as the top pitching prospect (and No.2 prospect overall, behind Desmond Jennings)in the Rays organization, as well as the No. 18prospect in the game...BA also rated him ashaving the best fastball, best change-up andbest control in the system.
In 2008 was named Vero Beach (A) Pitcherof the Year despite a late-June promotion toMontgomery...overall went 11-5 with a 2.96ERA (152-IP, 50-ER) in 27 starts, with 162 SO,20 BB and 148 H...Compiled a 16.6 strikeouts- to-walks ratio (83to 5) for Vero Beach...his 162 combined strikeoutsled the Rays organization...his 2.96 ERAled all full-season Rays minor leaguers....Was named a Florida State League midseasonAll-Star....Was named Rays Minor League Pitcher of theMonth in April, after going 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA(29-IP, 3-ER, 2-BB, 41-SO)....After the season, was ranked the No. 8 prospectin the Rays org. by Baseball America...earned further recognition from BA for havingthe best control in the FSL, SL and Rays org.