D-Backs GM Dave Stewart sees Jeremy Hellickson as “a number two or number three starter”

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On Friday night, the Diamondbacks acquired Jeremy Hellickson in a trade with the Rays, sending over prospects Andrew Velazquez and Justin Williams. GM Dave Stewart sees Hellickson as “a number two or number three starter”, per Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com. Stewart said he felt giving up two minor leaguers with potential was worth it as they feel Hellickson can be a key contributor during the 2015 season.

Hellickson didn’t make his 2014 debut until July 8 as he was recovering from surgery on his right elbow, which removed loose bodies. He struggled for a second consecutive season, finishing with a 4.52 ERA and a 54/21 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings.

Hellickson was the recipient of the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2011 and showed that he could succeed in the major leagues. Though it came in a small sample of innings, the right-hander’s strikeout rate continued to climb for a third consecutive season.