Right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has been named the 2011 Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year for the American League by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The Des Moines, Iowa, native is the second player in Rays history to earn the honor, joining third baseman Evan Longoria in 2008. He is also only the second AL starting pitcher to win the award in the last 30 years, joining Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers in 2006.
Hellickson, 24, went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA (189-IP, 62-ER) in 29 starts for the Rays this season. He led all major league rookies in ERA, innings pitched, games started, quality starts (20), opponents' batting average (.210) and tied for second in wins. The last qualifying AL rookie (minimum 162 IP) to finish with a lower ERA was Kevin Appier, who posted a 2.76 ERA for Kansas City in 1990.
His .210 opponents' batting average ranked third in the majors behind Verlander (.192) and Clayton Kershaw (.207) of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In May, Hellickson was named AL Pitcher of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month. He ranked third among AL starters with a 2.64 ERA (85.1-IP, 25-ER) after the All-Star break.