The Nats have signed Jeremy Hellickson, seemingly as an attempt to add some competition for that last spot in the rotation. A former rookie of the year, Hellickson has definitely had his moments. Recently, however, he’s basically been a below average journyman, eating up innings for teams out of contention.
AJ Cole entered the spring as the favorite for the 5th rotation spot, and has done little to alter that convention of thinking. Erick Fedde has looked decent, but not good enough to rush him up to the Bigs. Edwin Jackson has been typical Edwin Jackson. Durable, streaks of great pitching, but inconsistent. We’ve decided to kick the tires on our former 2008 draft pick, Tommy Milone. He’s looked very good this spring, but has looked awful the last 4 seasons of regular season play. He, in my opinion, is the least likely candidate to win the job.
Personally, I would love to see Hellickson win the battle. He’s a veteran with some great stuff when he’s on, and subjectively I just like the idea of seeing him once every five games over AJ. Playing on a team that’s guaranteed to provide run-support may be exactly what he needs to get back to form.