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:
|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|
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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