Hellickson named AL's top pitcher, rookie in May

Hellickson named AL's top pitcher, rookie in May

Four wins and an ERA of 1.36 over five starts earned Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson the American League Pitcher of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month honors for May.

Hellickson finished the month with a 4-1 mark, leading all big league rookies in victories. His ERA ranked second among all starters and was the second-lowest in May in Rays history, behind only Scott Kazmir's 1.22 mark in 2008. Hellickson allowed just six runs (five earned) in 33 innings while striking out 23 and holding opposing hitters to a .168 batting average. He began the month with 14 scoreless innings spanning two starts against the Orioles.

On May 13, his complete-game shutout was the first of his career, as he became the first AL rookie to toss a complete game this year.

Overall, Hellickson is 6-3 with a 2.80 ERA this season for Tampa Bay, which sat 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees heading into play Thursday.

The dual honors were Hellickson's first career monthly awards.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.‬ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.