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The Phillies acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a young pitching prospect

Needing veteran help for their major league rotation, the Phillies acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from Arizona for a young pitching prospect. Hellickson has had some tough times the past few seasons, but the Phillies hope for a rebound.

In his first full season in the majors, Jeremy Hellickson won 13 games with the Tampa Bay Rays, posting a 2.95 ERA. He went on to have another strong season, adding ten more wins the next season, 2012. Since then, things have gone downhill badly for Hellickson, who has a combined mark of 7-9 with an ERA of 4.86 with Tampa Bay and Arizona, where Hellickson was traded to exactly one year ago.

In adding Hellickson, the Phillies are hoping for a return to form from Hellickson and looking for him to potentially give them innings out of the starting rotation. Hellickson, however, isn't known as an innings eater, throwing 146 innings last season and topping out at 189 innings in his rookie season with the Rays. 

Philadelphia dealt 6' 7" pitcher Sam McWilliams, 20, to Arizona. McWilliams was 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA with the Gulf Coast League Phillies last season, making seven starts. In 33 innings, he allowed 29 hits and five walks to go along with 21 strikeouts. The Phillies drafted McWilliams in the eighth round of the 2014 Draft out of Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Hellickson will fill one of the veteran roster spots vacated by Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams, who both filed for free agency following the season after pitching most of the year in the Phillies rotation. Interestingly, it was Hellickson who hit Maikel Franco in the wrist last season, sending the Phillies third baseman to the disabled list with a fracture.

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