On the same weekend that the Rays traded away their ace of the past, Jeremy Hellickson showed once again why there is hope that he could be an ace of the future.
Hellickson reached double digits in strikeouts for a third consecutive start. This one was his best start as a pro, and one of the best any pitching prospect has put together all year: eigh innings, one hit, two walks and 12 strikeouts in a 4-0 win against Gwinnett. A Brian Barton sixth-inning single is the only blemish that kept Hellickson from taking a no-hitter into the ninth. No Gwinnett baserunner reached second base against him.
Hellickson, who has allowed just nine hits in his last 27 innings (with 32 strikeouts and eight walks), sat at 91-92 mph on the stadium radar gun all night, touching 94. His ability to command his fastball left the G-Braves hitters flailing all night, but he was able to complement it with a plus changeup and a curveball that he was able to throw for strikes.
"His feel for pitching has started to match the stuff he’s always had," one scout who’s watched Hellickson recently said.
Another scout complimented Hellickson’s above-average knack of staying a pitch ahead of hitters to keep them constantly off balance, which makes his above-average stuff even more potent.
SHUT DOWN: Any Phillies’ fans who were hoping Kyle Drabek could help bolster the Phillies’ lagging bullpen in September will be unpleasantly surprised. Drabek has been shut down for the rest of the season, not because of an injury, but because the team doesn’t want to push his arm too far.
Coming off of Tommy John surgery, Drabek has thrown 158 innings this year between high Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. That’s 104 innings more than he’d ever thrown before as a pro, so Philadelphia has decided to give him the rest of the season to rest.
"He wants to keep taking the ball," assistant general manager Chuck LaMar told the Wilmington News-Journal, "but when a kid throws 100 more [innings] at two levels he’s never been at before, it’s time to sit him down."
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