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Jeremy Hellickson’s strong debut

Posted by Andy on August 3, 2010

Last night, Jeremey Hellickson made a strong major-league debut for the Rays, allowing just 3 hits over 7 innings. That doesn't happen too often. Click through for more info.

Here are all the guys since 2000 to go at least 7 innings allowing no more than 3 hits in their first major league game:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 Josh Tomlin 2010-07-27 CLE NYY W 4-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 3 1 1 0 2 0 93 60 69
2 Travis Wood 2010-07-01 CIN CHC W 3-2 GS-8 7.0 2 2 2 3 4 0 91 56 66
3 Wade Davis 2009-09-06 TBR DET L 3-5 GS-7 7.0 3 1 1 1 9 1 105 67 75
4 Scott Lewis 2008-09-10 CLE BAL W 7-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 0 0 0 3 0 96 67 79
5 Chris Waters 2008-08-05 BAL LAA W 3-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 1 0 0 3 3 0 104 61 80
6 Hiroki Kuroda 2008-04-04 LAD SDP W 7-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 3 1 1 0 4 1 77 53 71
7 Johnny Cueto 2008-04-03 CIN ARI W 3-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 1 1 1 0 10 1 92 68 81
8 Matt DeSalvo 2007-05-07 NYY SEA L 2-3 GS-7 7.0 3 1 1 3 0 0 89 55 64
9 Jered Weaver 2006-05-27 LAA BAL W 10-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 3 0 0 1 5 0 97 64 75
10 Brett Myers 2002-07-24 PHI CHC W 4-2 GS-8 ,W 8.0 2 1 1 1 5 1 90 57 78
11 Aaron Harang 2002-05-25 OAK TBD W 6-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 3 0 0 3 10 0 101 61 78
12 Carlos Hernandez 2001-08-18 HOU PIT W 3-0 GS-7 ,W 7.0 2 0 0 1 7 0 102 62 79
13 Troy Mattes 2001-06-19 MON NYM L 1-4 GS-7 7.0 2 0 0 1 2 0 82 47 74
14 Brian Tollberg 2000-06-20 SDP ARI W 3-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 1 1 0 3 7 0 94 60 77
15 Paul Rigdon 2000-05-21 CLE NYY W 6-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 2 0 0 4 2 0 92 54 71
16 Rob Bell 2000-04-08 CIN CHC W 4-3 GS-7 7.0 3 3 1 2 9 0 91 63 70
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Generated 8/3/2010.

As you can see, it's quite a mixed bag in terms of quality of career that players went on to have. Brett Myers has been a fairly solid major-league starter since 2002, but Troy Mattes appeared in only 7 more major-league games after his 2001 debut. Aaron Harang strung together some good seasons in the mid-2000s but Brian Tollberg was done in the majors by 2004. Jered Weaver was an All-Star this year but Matt DeSalvo made only 5 more major-league starts and hasn't been in the majors since 2008 (although he's pitching, albeit poorly, with the Marlins' AAA team this year.)

So, like so many other one-game samples, this one doesn't tell you all that much. However, adding inthe fact that Hellickson is the Rays' top minor-league pitching prospect (to the tune of 123 strikeouts and 35 walks in 117.2 innings in the minors this year) chances are good that he'll pitch well in the majors.

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5 Responses to “Jeremy Hellickson’s strong debut”

  1. Its not like he beat the Indians, but he beat the red hot Twins. Check out http://www.thefantasybaseballguru.com leave comments ask qs and follow me on Twitter at beatboston1995

  2. Props for another Travis Wood mention, the Reds in general are well represented here if you include Aaron Harang in the group.

    Another bit of props for Travis Wood: he's pulled this same feat off three times in his first seven starts including last night's game, and a fourth game where he went six innings and gave up three hits. His stuff doesn't have the same flare that some of the other rookie pitchers does, but outside of a guy like Strasburg, it's tough to find anyone else who has gotten off to a better start.

  3. searching for Stephen Strasburg´s debut wondering he isn´t on the list revealed he gave up 4 hits.

    But it revealed something more strange: Jimmy Jones in his debut 1986 came close to a perfect game throwing a 1-hitter with only being stung by a triple!!!

    And couriously this triple came from the opponents starting pitcher Bob Knepper!!!

    The summary gives you a PERFECT game in a DEBUT broken up only by a PITCHER´S TRIPLE.

    amazing

  4. [...] Here is a list of other pitchers with debuts as good as Jeremy Hellickson in recent year. [Baseball-Reference Blog] [...]

  5. Jered Weaver was a first round draft pick who did this 4 times in 19 starts his first year (in fact one start he only gave up one hit and another just two). It seems Hellickson is more likely to follow that sort of career path than some of the others on the list.