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DOB: 10/29/1988 (Age: 24)
Height/Weight: 6’9”, 210
Drafted/Signed: 16th round, 2008 Angels (Florida Community College)
ETA: 2013 (reliever) / 2014 (starter)
Scouting Notes: 6’9” right-hander made the transition to full-time starter this past season while making the jump to Double-A; was traded late in the season to the Brewers as part of prospect package for Zack Greinke.
Hellweg started setting up on the first-base side of the rubber; control continues to be an issue, though he did post a career-best 4.8 BB/9 rate in 139.2 innings; strikeout rate was down; uses height to advantage and induces tons of ground-ball outs (1.55 GO/AO).
Power arm produces four-seam fastballs that sit at 95-98 mph and scrape triple digits in shorter stints; two-seam fastball comes in a few ticks slower but has late arm-side life that induces weak ground-ball outs.
His breaking ball is a second plus pitch with sharp break; legitimate swing-and-miss offering; if his changeup continues to develop and his control/command improves, Hellweg could be a front-line starter; if not, the lanky right-hander still has a bright future as a late-inning guy.
Spring Training Forecast: In his first spring training with the Brewers, Hellweg will see his share of innings as the organization evaluates his future as both a starter and reliever.
2013 Outlook: As part of his ongoing development as a starter, Hellweg appears ticketed for Triple-A to begin the 2013 season. However, due to his size and plus-plus fastball, there’s an outside chance that the right-hander will break camp as part of the Brewers’ bullpen.