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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Jeremy Hellickson: Jeremy Hellickson has thrown 20,264 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (89mph) and Change (80mph), also mixing in a Cutter (86mph) and Curve using a Knuckle Curve grip (74mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (89mph).
His sinker has below average velo, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slight armside run. His change has below average velo, has slight cut action and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His cutter generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' cutters, has good "rise", has little cutting action and has slightly below average velo. His curve has below average velo, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite and has slight glove-side movement. His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has below average velo and has slight armside run.
Sean's Note: Hellickson has been awful so far in 2019, with a 6.00 ERA in 36 innings. His walk rate is up to 10%, while he strikes out a below average 17%. Homers are a problem, with eight so far this season. Left handers are slugging a staggering .632 against him.
Final Thoughts: Kyle Hendricks has been lights out his last three starts, but it won't be easy with a good Nats lineup. Especially Anthony Rendon, who has killed the Cubs in his career. Chicago got shut down by Stephen Strasburg Saturday. A careful look at the numbers demonstrates Jeremy Hellickson is not as good as Strasburg. Hopefully, the Cubs jump on him early.