Jeremy Hellickson is a starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s no slouch either. As a matter of fact he pitched well enough during his first full season to win the 2011 Rookie of the Year. It isn’t every season that a pitcher wins that particular award and when one does it says something. Even though his follow up in 2012 wasn’t bad either, Hellickson is vowing to use his cutter less and pitch better this season.
I like to hear that. It matches the sentiment by other good young pitchers that expect the best from themselves and are not willing to accept less than the very best result. As long as the desire to achieve perfection doesn’t get to an unhealthy level, I think it drives the pitcher to do everything possible to be the best. That seems to be the crop of pitchers that Hellickson comes from.
He says he loves his cutter and will use it less this season. That’s fine. He also plans to work deeper into games which will add being a good innings guy to his already improving résumé. For the Rays, they have to be excited to see a young pitcher that has the drive to succeed. Of course with the starters they have had come through this organization for the past several years it isn’t any shock to see one strive for greatness. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Hellickson achieves it soon.