BOYS OF SPRING: 2011 ROOKIES TO WATCH
"There was never a question about the talent," says Rays G.M. Andrew Friedman of Hellickson, who was 3--0 with a 2.05 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings as a starter after Tampa Bay called him up last August. "What was most impressive when he came up was the poise. He showed from Day One he's ready." The Rays were conservative in handling their 23-year-old control artist, allowing him only four starts before relegating him to the bullpen in September and then leaving him off the postseason roster. (That light workload left the righthander eligible for the Rookie of the Year award this season.) Confident that Hellickson will thrive as Matt Garza's replacement in the rotation, the Rays are ready to unleash their Hellboy.