Ryan Helsley
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 2" 230LBS | Age: 29
Draft: 2015 | Rd: 5, #161, St. Louis Cardinals | Northeastern State
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 6 4 4.56 51 0 1 47.1 47 1.42
2022 9 1 1.25 54 0 19 64.2 94 0.74
2023 3 4 2.45 33 0 14 36.2 52 1.06
5 Seasons 21 10 2.83 174 0 35 197.1 235 1.09
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 51 6-4 4.56 47.1 47 1.42
2022 54 9-1 1.25 64.2 94 0.74
2023 33 3-4 2.45 36.2 52 1.06
5 Seasons 174 21-10 2.83 197.1 235 1.09
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2019 24 577 109 7 6.4 4.6 88.2 111.7 17.9 34.9 .237 .400 .304 .294 .345 35.8 20.9 7.8 2.94 3.78
2020 25 194 33 2 6.1 3.8 91.8 109.6 16.9 33.3 .215 .408 .327 .330 .340 45.5 19.2 15.4 5.25 4.67
2021 26 805 132 11 8.3 5.3 90.9 112.6 12.5 32.6 .247 .414 .295 .332 .382 43.2 22.8 13.1 4.56 4.73
2022 27 962 125 11 8.8 4.6 88.8 112.0 22.2 27.2 .152 .275 .198 .223 .319 39.2 39.3 8.4 1.25 2.04
2023 28 607 76 3 3.9 2.1 88.6 109.9 15.5 27.6 .157 .240 .243 .233 .289 39.5 35.6 11.6 2.46 2.25
Player 3145 475 34 7.2 4.3 89.4 112.6 17.1 30.9 .197 .337 .260 .273 .339 40.0 29.5 10.6
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Helsley relies on 3 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(56.2%) ,
Slider
(36.7%) ,
Curveball
(7.1%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2019 34.9 26.6 30.3 8.3 43.1 30.3 26.6 4.6 22.0 33.0 26.6 6.4 6.4 4.6
2020 33.3 39.4 18.2 9.1 45.5 30.3 24.2 0.0 30.3 33.3 15.2 15.2 6.1 3.8
2021 42.4 22.0 26.5 9.1 34.1 43.9 22.0 3.8 33.3 25.0 22.0 7.6 8.3 5.3
2022 34.4 32.0 18.4 15.2 33.6 38.4 28.0 5.6 20.8 36.8 22.4 5.6 8.8 4.6
2023 40.8 28.9 21.1 9.2 32.9 44.7 22.4 3.9 30.3 31.6 21.1 9.2 3.9 2.1
Player 37.7 28.0 23.8 10.5 36.6 38.5 24.8 4.2 26.7 31.6 22.5 7.6 7.2 4.3
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2023 Slider STL R 223 89.0 32.3 0.5 2 4.7 0.7 17
2023 4-Seamer STL R 341 99.7 9.2 2.7 23 3.5 -4.8 -58
2023 Curveball STL R 43 82.1 50.0 0.1 0 4.2 -3.4 -45
2022 Changeup STL R 6 89.7 22.0 -6.4 -22 10.9 -3.7 -25
2022 4-Seamer STL R 548 99.6 9.5 2.2 19 2.8 -5.3 -66
2022 Curveball STL R 101 80.8 53.5 1.7 3 6.6 -1.4 -17
2022 Slider STL R 307 89.2 32.1 0.9 3 4.6 0.7 19
2021 4-Seamer STL R 435 97.4 11.7 0.9 7 3.3 -4.3 -57
2021 Changeup STL R 22 87.4 26.9 -2.1 -7 11.8 -2.1 -15
2021 Slider STL R 279 88.2 29.7 -2.6 -8 3.3 -0.6 -14
2021 Curveball STL R 55 79.0 55.3 0.6 1 3.3 -5.0 -60
2021 Sinker STL R 14 97.5 14.5 -4.1 -22 12.5 -2.6 -17
2020 Changeup STL R 8 89.3 23.3 -4.8 -17 14.0 0.2 2
2020 Slider STL R 69 87.3 33.6 0.1 0 4.4 0.5 13
2020 Curveball STL R 33 80.5 54.4 2.3 4 3.9 -4.5 -54
2020 4-Seamer STL R 84 96.9 13.4 -0.2 -2 3.2 -4.3 -57
2019 Slider STL R 184 88.8 28.9 -2.6 -8 4.3 1.1 34
2019 4-Seamer STL R 324 97.8 12.1 1.1 8 6.9 -0.7 -10
2019 Changeup STL R 16 87.7 25.1 -3.6 -13 10.6 -3.6 -25
2019 Curveball STL R 50 80.9 49.6 -2.7 -5 0.9 -6.9 -88
2019 Sinker STL R 3 97.3 14.7 -4.5 -23 13.6 -1.1 -8
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2023 4-Seamer 1.0 3 341 56.2 80 .224 .328 .304 23.6 22.5 19.6 .215 .320 .303 48.0
2023 Slider 4.2 9 223 36.7 60 .113 .189 .173 52.2 53.3 34.4 .082 .145 .149 21.7
2023 Curveball -1.8 -1 43 7.1 5 .200 .200 .180 40.0 40.0 13.3 .157 .172 .144 33.3
2022 4-Seamer 2.4 13 548 57.0 146 .150 .233 .213 28.6 32.9 29.4 .170 .285 .240 40.0
2022 Slider 1.6 5 307 31.9 77 .113 .296 .218 53.8 50.6 33.3 .137 .298 .232 43.8
2022 Curveball 2.9 3 101 10.5 15 .000 .000 .000 41.2 46.7 22.6 .071 .087 .068 12.5
2022 Changeup 0.4 0 6 0.6 -- -- -- 33.3 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2021 4-Seamer 0.6 3 435 54.0 119 .279 .413 .341 15.7 13.4 17.6 .304 .523 .391 51.6
2021 Slider 1.8 5 279 34.7 68 .158 .263 .264 45.2 36.8 28.4 .162 .266 .267 28.1
2021 Curveball 0.0 0 55 6.8 9 .111 .111 .100 35.7 44.4 25.0 .136 .193 .143 20.0
2021 Changeup -0.1 0 22 2.7 5 .000 .000 .280 40.0 20.0 33.3 .098 .100 .338 0.0
2021 Sinker -0.3 0 14 1.7 3 .333 .333 .300 37.5 33.3 50.0 .360 .426 .344 0.0
2020 4-Seamer -1.5 -1 84 43.3 23 .263 .526 .435 14.0 4.3 6.3 .318 .531 .418 55.6
2020 Slider -2.9 -2 69 35.6 15 .231 .692 .480 48.4 33.3 20.8 .147 .445 .300 50.0
2020 Curveball 8.5 3 33 17.0 12 .000 .000 .058 30.8 33.3 26.7 .119 .151 .168 14.3
2020 Changeup -0.6 0 8 4.1 1 -- -- .700 100.0 0.0 0.0 -- -- .700 --
2019 4-Seamer -0.3 -1 324 56.2 86 .325 .575 .404 15.8 17.4 18.8 .279 .481 .333 44.8
2019 Slider 2.3 4 184 31.9 54 .163 .286 .238 29.8 24.1 21.3 .211 .345 .277 25.0
2019 Curveball 2.5 1 50 8.7 8 .000 .000 .000 35.0 50.0 17.4 .022 .024 .021 0.0
2019 Changeup -5.9 -1 16 2.8 1 -- -- .700 100.0 0.0 0.0 -- -- .700 --
2019 Sinker 16.0 0 3 0.5 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 -- .024 .024 .021 0.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2023 Curveball 40 82.1 59 12.7 7:15 6:45 30
2023 4-Seam Fastball 341 99.7 90 18.4 12:30 12:30 0
2023 Slider 220 89.0 27 5.9 10:45 9:15 90
2022 Curveball 98 80.8 69 15.6 7:15 6:45 30
2022 4-Seam Fastball 545 99.6 86 18.0 12:30 12:15 15
2022 Slider 303 89.2 30 6.0 10:45 9:15 90
2021 Changeup 22 87.4 96 14.7 1:15 2:00 -45
2021 Curveball 54 79.0 63 14.6 7:00 6:30 30
2021 4-Seam Fastball 431 97.4 81 17.0 12:30 12:30 0
2021 Sinker 14 97.5 89 18.9 12:45 1:30 -45
2021 Slider 278 88.2 34 6.2 11:15 10:30 45
2020 Curveball 31 80.4 60 15.3 7:15 6:30 45
2020 4-Seam Fastball 81 96.9 77 15.6 12:30 12:30 0
2020 Slider 67 87.3 30 5.2 10:15 9:15 60
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2019 169 656 4 7 -2 -2 7
2020 57 219 0 2 -2 -1 0
2021 204 805 8 12 -8 -4 8
2022 245 995 9 16 -2 -4 19
2023 145 607 5 10 0 -3 12
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2019 577 53.0 72.5 82.9 29.2 59.5 40.7 59.9 52.2 21.9 8.8 78.4
2020 194 50.5 70.4 85.5 22.9 13.6 38.1 60.8 46.9 31.9 8.8 88.2
2021 805 48.7 68.1 82.0 24.5 46.5 40.9 56.3 45.7 27.2 7.8 77.8
2022 962 50.8 71.2 74.1 34.2 35.8 42.5 63.4 53.0 37.8 8.2 72.2
2023 607 49.2 68.6 73.2 31.7 48.0 42.4 56.8 49.9 35.0 9.2 80.4
Player 3,145 50.3 70.1 78.3 29.6 43.7 41.5 59.5 50.0 31.4 8.5 77.4
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2019 98 96 36 63
2020 94 96 61
2021 27 39 40 42 12 76 42 8 17 46 7 60 13 96 97 58 64
2022 99 99 97 74 99 72 24 41 37 99 43 97 91 99 100 57 77
2023 99 100 69
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 22.6 5 5.9 -1 4 4 3 60.0
2020 25.6 3 2.2 1 4 1 1 33.3
2021 25.3 4 3.9 0 1 1 3 75.0
2022 24.8 6 6.5 -1 3 8 0 0.0
2023 21.1 1 1.3 0 3 0 1 100.0
Player 24.2 19 19.8 -1 15 14 8 42.1

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 5 6 6 9 7 6 7 5 5 4 5 8 7 4 5 6 4 5 6 6 5 7 8 6 5 5 4 8 7 5 5
2020 3 2 2 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
2021 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
2022 6 6 4 7 7 7 8 5 3 6 5 8 5 6 7 8 7 7 6 8 6 7 9 7 5 6 7 8 6 9 5
2023 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
Player 19 19 18 27 22 20 22 17 15 17 17 26 18 16 19 20 17 19 19 22 18 24 27 21 15 18 19 23 20 21 17
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2019 2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 97.8 96.9 -0.9 97.4 0.5 99.6 2.2 99.7 0.1
Offspeed Velocity 87.7 89.3 1.6 87.4 -1.9 89.7 2.3 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 87.1 85.1 -2.0 86.7 1.6 87.1 0.4 87.9 0.8
Exit Velocity 88.2 91.8 3.6 90.9 -0.9 88.8 -2.1 88.6 -0.2
Launch Angle 17.9 16.9 -1.0 12.5 -4.4 22.2 9.7 15.5 -6.7
Barrel % 6.4 6.1 -0.3 8.3 2.2 8.8 0.5 3.9 -4.9
Hard Hit % 35.8 45.5 9.7 43.2 -2.3 39.2 -4.0 39.5 0.3
Sweet Spot % 34.9 33.3 -1.6 32.6 -0.7 27.2 -5.4 27.6 0.4
xBA .237 .215 -0.022 .247 0.032 .152 -0.095 .157 0.005
BA .245 .186 -0.059 .227 0.041 .128 -0.099 .176 0.048
xwOBA .294 .330 0.036 .332 0.002 .223 -0.109 .233 0.010
wOBA .304 .327 0.023 .295 -0.032 .198 -0.097 .243 0.045
xSLG .400 .408 0.008 .414 0.006 .275 -0.139 .240 -0.035
SLG .432 .442 0.010 .341 -0.101 .237 -0.104 .264 0.027
K% 20.9 19.2 -1.7 22.8 3.6 39.3 16.5 35.6 -3.7
BB% 7.8 15.4 7.6 13.1 -2.3 8.4 -4.7 11.6 3.2
Swing % 52.2 46.9 -5.3 45.7 -1.2 53.0 7.3 49.9 -3.1
Whiff% 21.9 31.9 10.0 27.2 -4.7 37.8 10.6 35.0 -2.8
In Zone % 53.0 50.5 -2.5 48.7 -1.8 50.8 2.1 49.2 -1.6
Out of Zone % 47.0 49.5 2.5 51.3 1.8 49.2 -2.1 50.8 1.6
Out of Zone Swing % 29.2 22.9 -6.3 24.5 1.6 34.2 9.7 31.7 -2.5
First Pitch Swing % 37.5 29.4 -8.1 32.5 3.1 36.6 4.1 32.2 -4.4
First Pitch Strike % 59.9 60.8 0.9 56.3 -4.5 63.4 7.1 56.8 -6.6
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2019 Shifts 151 .304 78 0 0.0 73 35 47.9
2020 Shifts 51 .327 30 2 6.7 21 3 14.3
2021 Shifts 204 .295 130 10 7.7 74 36 48.6
2022 Shifts 238 .198 139 19 13.7 99 46 46.5
2023 Shades 144 .245 79 0 0.0 65 21 32.3
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2019 134 18.7 10.4% 1.5% 94 25.8 0.0% 16.0%
2020 43 18.8 9.3% 11.6% 39 26.3 0.0% 15.4%
2021 240 22.7 0.4% 9.6% 128 27.1 0.0% 23.4%
2022 264 23.1 0.0% 10.6% 123 25.8 0.0% 14.6%
2023 135 17.9 5.9% 2.2% 109 19.0 0.9% 0.0%
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Pitch Distribution