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Ryan Helsley

Ryan Helsley

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 1" 195 | Age: 25
Draft: 2015 (Rd: 5, #161, St. Louis Cardinals) - Northeastern State
Tahlequah, OK USA
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Fastball Velocity
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Curve Spin
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Exit Velocity
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Pop Time
Framing
Outs Above Avg
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Sprint Speed
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 2 0 2.95 24 0 0 36.2 32 1.25
1 Season 2 0 2.95 24 0 0 36.2 32 1.25
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 24 2-0 2.95 36.2 32 1.25
1 Season 24 2-0 2.95 36.2 32 1.25

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 STL NL 153 2 0 2.95 24 0 0 36.2 34 13 12 5 12 32 1.25
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Cutter: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 50

The Cardinals selected Helsley in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft out of Division II Northeastern State, a program that has never produced a big leaguer. Helsley pitched at three levels in his second full season, climbing from high Class A to Triple-A, and was on the verge of reaching the Majors in 2018 until he experienced shoulder fatigue in early June and subsequently landed on the disabled list. The Cardinals sent Helsley on a rehab assignment to the Gulf Coast League in early August, only to shut him down for the remainder of the season after one start. St. Louis added the right-hander to its 40-man roster following the season, and he made his big league debut in April 2019.

While not a physically imposing presence on the mound as a slightly undersized righty, Helsley does have big-time arm strength and pitches with power stuff. He relies largely on his fastball-curve combination, recording high spin rates with both pitches. He can approach triple digits and will sit at 94-97 mph with his fastball, throwing it with riding life that allows him to beat hitters within the zone. His power curveball in the low 80s nets him whiffs, and he generally does a good job of locating it down in the zone. Helsley's upper-80s cutter gives him a third average-or-better pitch, one that helps to keep hitters off his fastball, and he demonstrates feel for mixing in a changeup. He's usually around the zone with his entire arsenal, albeit with command that requires further refinement, especially with regards to his fastball.

Beyond his impressive stuff and strong track record of performance, Helsley is effective against right- and left-handed hitters alike -- they batted .195 and .192 against him, respectively, in 2018 -- and gets high marks for his attention to things like fielding his position and holding runners. Because of his size, arm strength and command, some have thought Helsley was destined to land in a bullpen. He'll continue to start for now and is said to be healthy entering the spring, but it goes without saying that his fastball-curve combination would play up nicely in shorter stints as needed.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 577 109 7 6.4 87.3 17.2 34.9 .237 .406 .304 .294 .344 35.8 20.9 7.8
ALL 577 109 7 6.4 87.3 17.2 34.9 .237 .406 .304 .294 .344 35.8 20.9 7.8
ALL 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 33.1 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/04/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled RHP Ryan Helsley from Memphis Redbirds.
07/21/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned RHP Ryan Helsley to Memphis Redbirds.
07/20/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Ryan Helsley from Memphis Redbirds.
07/03/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned RHP Ryan Helsley to Memphis Redbirds.
07/03/2019 St. Louis Cardinals reassigned RHP Ryan Helsley to the minor leagues.
06/26/2019 St. Louis Cardinals sent RHP Ryan Helsley on a rehab assignment to Memphis Redbirds.
06/13/2019 St. Louis Cardinals placed RHP Ryan Helsley on the 10-day injured list. Right shoulder impingement.
06/10/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled RHP Ryan Helsley from Memphis Redbirds.
06/09/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned RHP Ryan Helsley to Memphis Redbirds.
06/05/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Ryan Helsley from Memphis Redbirds.
05/23/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned RHP Ryan Helsley to Memphis Redbirds.
05/17/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Ryan Helsley from Memphis Redbirds.
04/29/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned RHP Ryan Helsley to Memphis Redbirds.
04/16/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Ryan Helsley from Memphis Redbirds.
03/09/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned RHP Ryan Helsley to Memphis Redbirds.
11/20/2018 St. Louis Cardinals selected the contract of Ryan Helsley from Memphis Redbirds.
09/19/2018 Memphis Redbirds activated RHP Ryan Helsley from the 7-day disabled list.
08/05/2018 Memphis Redbirds sent RHP Ryan Helsley on a rehab assignment to GCL Cardinals.
06/10/2018 Memphis Redbirds placed RHP Ryan Helsley on the 7-day disabled list.
05/21/2018 RHP Ryan Helsley assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
04/30/2018 RHP Ryan Helsley assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Memphis Redbirds.
04/29/2018 RHP Ryan Helsley assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
04/04/2018 RHP Ryan Helsley assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Memphis Redbirds.
02/07/2018 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster RHP Ryan Helsley to spring training.
08/31/2017 RHP Ryan Helsley assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
07/31/2017 RHP Ryan Helsley assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Palm Beach Cardinals.
04/04/2017 RHP Ryan Helsley assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals.
08/14/2016 Peoria Chiefs activated RHP Ryan Helsley from the 7-day disabled list.
06/30/2016 Peoria Chiefs placed RHP Ryan Helsley on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 28, 2016. Biceps tendinitis.
04/02/2016 RHP Ryan Helsley assigned to Peoria Chiefs from Johnson City Cardinals.
06/22/2015 RHP Ryan Helsley assigned to Johnson City Cardinals.
06/15/2015 St. Louis Cardinals signed RHP Ryan Helsley.