Meet David Price and Jeremy Hellickson

June 24, 2008 at 1:45 am | Posted in Minor Leagues, My Cards, Rays | 2 Comments

As great of a season as it has been for the Tampa Bay Rays so far, Rays fans know that even better days may be on the horizon in upcoming years. The reason for that optimism is the talent that the Rays have accumulated in their farm system. While there are some good hitters in the system that is rated #1 in all of baseball by Baseball America, it is the Rays’ pitching prospects that really stand out. Former first round pick Jeff Niemann, along with Mitch Talbot and Chris Mason, headlines the rotation at Triple-A Durham. Uber prospects Wade Davis and Jake McGee have been with Double-A Montgomery this season. But the best of the prospects are last year’s #1 overall draft pick, David Price, and Jeremy Hellickson, who were both promoted from Single-A Vero Beach to Montgomery this weekend.

Most people know about David Price. In fact, he might be the top pitching prospect in all of baseball. He certainly lived up to the hype with Vero Beach, where he went 4-0 with a 1.82 ERA, and 37 strikeouts with only 7 walks in 34 2/3 innings. Hellickson is a name that you may not be familiar with. However, he excelled in each of the last two seasons, and is 7-1 with a 2.00 ERA this year. Even more impressive are his 83 strikeouts and only 5 walks in 76 2/3 innings. That is an unbelievable 16.6:1 K:BB ratio!

I have become a big fan of both of these guys. Here are the autographed David Price cards in my collection:

2007 Bowman Sterling:

2008 Bowman Chrome:

2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition “Turn of the Century” #/500:

And my favorite, a 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition “Collegiate Patches” #/250:

I only have one autographed Jeremy Hellickson card. I don’t believe that there are any cards of him in any Major League sets yet. I hope to collect many more of his cards in the coming years.

2006 Just Minors Justifiable Silver Edition #/100:

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  1. Glad to see you guys back at home! Looks like ya’ll had a great trip!

  2. i would like to no if any of the prices are for trade or sale.also, i collect hanley rameriez, robinson cano, james mccdonald, and phil coke so just lmn.
    thx


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