Ryan Helsley
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 2" 235LBS | Age: 29
Draft: 2015 | Rd: 5, #161, St. Louis Cardinals | Northeastern State
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
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
2024 3 3 2.41 40 0 31 41 47 1.17
6 Seasons 24 13 2.76 214 0 66 238.1 282 1.11
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 54 9-1 1.25 64.2 94 0.74
2023 33 3-4 2.45 36.2 52 1.06
2024 40 3-3 2.41 41 47 1.17
6 Seasons 214 24-13 2.76 238.1 282 1.11
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
LA 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 .246 .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 .222 .319 39.2 39.3 8.4 1.25 2.02
2023 28 607 76 3 3.9 2.1 88.6 109.9 15.5 27.6 .156 .239 .243 .233 .289 39.5 35.6 11.6 2.46 2.25
2024 29 591 105 3 2.9 1.8 89.6 108.6 17.1 29.5 .203 .291 .243 .255 .307 30.5 27.8 10.1 2.42 2.57
Player 3736 580 37 6.4 3.8 89.4 112.6 17.1 30.7 .198 .329 .257 .270 .333 38.3 29.2 10.5
MLB 7.0 4.8 88.5 122.4 12.3 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.4 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Helsley relies on 3 pitches.
Slider
(48.9%) ,
Four Seamer
(44.7%) ,
Curveball
(6.4%) ,


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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
2024 41.0 25.7 22.9 10.5 36.2 35.2 28.6 1.9 31.4 32.4 26.7 4.8 2.9 1.8
Player 38.3 27.6 23.6 10.5 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.8 27.6 31.7 23.3 7.1 6.4 3.8
MLB 44.5 23.6 24.8 7.0 37.1 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.7 24.8 24.4 5.8 7.0 4.8
! 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
2024 Curveball STL R 38 80.7 52.4 0.9 2 4.0 -4.2 -51
2024 Slider STL R 289 88.6 34.1 1.8 6 4.0 -0.1 -1
2024 4-Seam Fastball STL R 264 99.4 10.1 1.8 15 3.7 -4.5 -55
2023 Curveball STL R 43 82.1 50.0 -0.1 0 4.2 -3.3 -44
2023 Slider STL R 223 89.0 32.3 0.4 1 4.7 0.7 17
2023 4-Seam Fastball STL R 341 99.7 9.2 2.7 23 3.5 -4.8 -58
2022 4-Seam Fastball STL R 548 99.6 9.5 2.2 19 2.8 -5.3 -66
2022 Changeup STL R 6 89.7 22.0 -6.4 -22 10.9 -3.7 -25
2022 Curveball STL R 101 80.8 53.5 1.6 3 6.6 -1.4 -17
2022 Slider STL R 307 89.2 32.1 1.0 3 4.6 0.8 20
2021 Slider STL R 279 88.2 29.7 -2.6 -8 3.3 -0.5 -14
2021 Sinker STL R 14 97.5 14.5 -4.1 -22 12.5 -2.6 -17
2021 Changeup STL R 22 87.4 26.9 -2.1 -7 11.8 -2.1 -15
2021 Curveball STL R 55 79.0 55.3 0.6 1 3.3 -5.0 -60
2021 4-Seam Fastball STL R 435 97.4 11.7 0.9 7 3.3 -4.3 -57
2020 Curveball STL R 33 80.5 54.4 2.3 4 3.9 -4.5 -54
2020 Changeup STL R 8 89.3 23.3 -4.8 -17 14.0 0.2 1
2020 Slider STL R 69 87.3 33.6 0.1 0 4.4 0.5 12
2020 4-Seam Fastball 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 Sinker STL R 3 97.3 14.7 -4.5 -23 13.6 -1.1 -8
2019 Changeup STL R 16 87.7 25.1 -3.6 -13 10.6 -3.6 -25
2019 4-Seam Fastball STL R 324 97.8 12.1 1.1 8 6.9 -0.7 -10
2019 Curveball STL R 50 80.9 49.6 -2.7 -5 0.9 -6.9 -88
! 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 %
2024 Slider 3.0 9 289 48.9 85 .165 .177 .194 48.4 40.0 34.7 .192 .227 .211 17.4
2024 4-Seam Fastball -0.1 0 264 44.7 73 .300 .400 .348 19.1 11.0 14.3 .241 .409 .334 43.6
2024 Curveball 3.6 1 38 6.4 9 .000 .000 .000 50.0 55.6 33.3 .046 .069 .048 0.0
2023 4-Seam Fastball 1.0 3 341 56.2 80 .224 .328 .304 23.6 22.5 19.6 .215 .319 .302 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-Seam Fastball 2.4 13 548 57.0 146 .150 .233 .213 28.6 32.9 29.4 .169 .284 .240 40.0
2022 Slider 1.6 5 307 31.9 77 .113 .296 .218 53.8 50.6 33.3 .136 .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-Seam Fastball 0.6 3 435 54.0 119 .279 .413 .341 15.7 13.4 17.6 .303 .523 .390 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-Seam Fastball -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-Seam Fastball -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
2024 Curveball 37 80.7 62 13.4 7:00 6:30 30
2024 4-Seam Fastball 252 99.3 89 17.7 12:30 12:30 0
2024 Slider 276 88.6 23 5.0 10:30 8:45 105
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
2024 167 591 4 9 -2 -2 10
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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
2024 591 54.1 68.8 75.0 31.4 36.5 42.1 63.5 51.6 35.4 8.1 70.8
Player 3,736 50.9 69.9 77.8 29.8 42.6 41.6 60.2 50.3 32.1 8.4 76.4
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 61.0 47.2 24.8 7.3 76.2
! 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 26 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 56 77
2023 99 100 70
2024 96 91 98 97 84 95 97 30 95 84 25 97 79 99 97 61
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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
2024 22.9 2 1.8 0 1 2 1 50.0
Player 24.1 21 21.6 -1 16 16 9 42.9

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
2024 2 1 3 1 2 2 3 2 2 1 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3
Player 21 20 21 28 24 22 25 19 17 18 20 28 19 17 21 21 18 20 21 24 20 27 29 23 16 19 21 25 22 23 20
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2019 2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-   2024 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 97.8 96.9 -0.9 97.4 0.5 99.6 2.2 99.7 0.1 99.4 -0.3
Offspeed Velocity 87.7 89.3 1.6 87.4 -1.9 89.7 2.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 87.1 85.1 -2.0 86.7 1.6 87.1 0.4 87.9 0.8 87.7 -0.2
Exit Velocity 88.2 91.8 3.6 90.9 -0.9 88.8 -2.1 88.6 -0.2 89.6 1.0
Launch Angle 17.9 16.9 -1.0 12.5 -4.4 22.2 9.7 15.5 -6.7 17.1 1.6
Barrel % 6.4 6.1 -0.3 8.3 2.2 8.8 0.5 3.9 -4.9 2.9 -1.0
Hard Hit % 35.8 45.5 9.7 43.2 -2.3 39.2 -4.0 39.5 0.3 30.5 -9.0
LA Sweet-Spot % 34.9 33.3 -1.6 32.6 -0.7 27.2 -5.4 27.6 0.4 29.5 1.9
xBA .237 .215 -0.022 .246 0.031 .152 -0.094 .156 0.004 .203 0.047
BA .245 .186 -0.059 .227 0.041 .128 -0.099 .176 0.048 .209 0.033
xwOBA .294 .330 0.036 .332 0.002 .222 -0.110 .233 0.011 .255 0.022
wOBA .304 .327 0.023 .295 -0.032 .198 -0.097 .243 0.045 .243 0.000
xSLG .400 .408 0.008 .414 0.006 .275 -0.139 .239 -0.036 .291 0.052
SLG .432 .442 0.010 .341 -0.101 .237 -0.104 .264 0.027 .257 -0.007
K% 20.9 19.2 -1.7 22.8 3.6 39.3 16.5 35.6 -3.7 27.8 -7.8
BB% 7.8 15.4 7.6 13.1 -2.3 8.4 -4.7 11.6 3.2 10.1 -1.5
Swing % 52.2 46.9 -5.3 45.7 -1.2 53.0 7.3 49.9 -3.1 51.6 1.7
Whiff% 21.9 31.9 10.0 27.2 -4.7 37.8 10.6 35.0 -2.8 35.4 0.4
In Zone % 53.0 50.5 -2.5 48.7 -1.8 50.8 2.1 49.2 -1.6 54.1 4.9
Out of Zone % 47.0 49.5 2.5 51.3 1.8 49.2 -2.1 50.8 1.6 45.9 -4.9
Out of Zone Swing % 29.2 22.9 -6.3 24.5 1.6 34.2 9.7 31.7 -2.5 31.4 -0.3
First Pitch Swing % 37.5 29.4 -8.1 32.5 3.1 36.6 4.1 32.2 -4.4 34.1 1.9
First Pitch Strike % 59.9 60.8 0.9 56.3 -4.5 63.4 7.1 56.8 -6.6 63.5 6.7
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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
2024 Shades 162 .240 90 0 0.0 72 22 30.6
! 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%
2024 124 17.7 1.6% 0.0% 103 19.0 0.0% 0.0%
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Pitch Distribution