Nova not calling. (ready the smelling salts for O’Connell) ~ Full 2011 Rookie Team here.
The BA Minor League Player of the Year in 2010 turned major league Rookie of the Year this season, Hellickson led all rookies in innings (189) and ERA (2.95) and even ranked second among AL starters with a .210 opponent average.
...Hellickson’s 2011 performance was certainly a good indicator of the future—especially a .210 opponents average that was better than all but Cy Young favorites Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw—and came with some historical wrappings.
The last time an AL rookie had a lower ERA than Hellickson’s 2.95 was 1990, when Kevin Appier posted a 2.76 for the Royals. A rookie had not finished with Hellickson’s combination of wins, innings and ERA since 1980, when Britt Burns did so for the White Sox.
“He’s just different,” Maddon said. “You look at his face and you think, ‘Come on, this guy can’t be that good. He’s not that kind of experienced. He can’t have those kind of pitches.’ But he does. He just sneaks up on people. In a good way.”
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