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Diamondbacks send Hellickson to Phillies for prospect

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jeremy Hellickson throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

The Arizona Diamondbacks  acquired pitching prospect Sam McWilliams from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for pitcher Jeremy Hellickson.

Arizona’s John Gambadoro broke the news shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday. 

McWilliams, 20, was rated by as the 28th best prospect in the Phillies organization. The right-hander was an eighth round selection for Philadelphia in the 2014 draft, and went 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA in seven starts for the Phillies’ rookie level team.

“Sam follows along the lines of what we’ve been doing for the last year, acquiring young power arms,” said D-backs Sr. Vice President and General Manger, Dave Stewart. “He’s a high school draft pick that put up good numbers in the Gulf Coast League. He’ll be a great addition to our organization.”

Hellickson, 28, went 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts for the D-backs this past year in his lone season for Arizona. The Diamondbacks acquired Hellickson  a year ago from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Andrew Velazquez and Justin Williams.

In six years in the major leagues, Hillickson is 49-48 with a 3.94 ERA.

Gambadoro said that Hellickson would have likely been non tendered, so getting something for him is a plus.



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