On the surface, there is quite a bit to like about the young right-hander. He seemed to handle the best division in baseball with relative ease and pitches for what has become a perennial contender to make a run at the World Series.
However, beneath the surface there are glaring indications that Hellickson is destined to crash and burn in his sophomore campaign. At the end of the day, he simply doesn’t possess the ability to recreate his magical first season and is destined to regress considerably.
Here are five reasons that the Rays should go into the season with the expectation that Hellickson will end up as just another fourth starter.