Ryan Helsley
Ryan Helsley
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
A starter throughout most of his minor-league career, Helsley transitioned to a relief role during his first season in the majors, tossing 36.2 innings in 24 appearances. The move to the bullpen befits his profile as a flame throwing right-hander with one dominant pitch and questionable control. That dominant pitch is a four-seam fastball that approaches triple-digits on the radar gun and has been graded as his only plus offering. Although Helsley registered a middling 20.9 K% during his time with the Cardinals last season, he averaged over a strikeout per inning throughout his minor-league career and has a curveball that is good enough to function as an effective complement to his heater. The Cardinals are unlikely to have a rotation spot open for Helsley next season, so they will likely again deploy him as a reliever. He could compete for the closer role with Jordan Hicks out to begin the campaign. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in March of 2019.
Remains honed in during shutdown
PSt. Louis Cardinals
May 21, 2020
Helsley has been able to keep track of key individual metrics with the use of a Rapsodo pitching unit during his throwing sessions while spring training has been suspended, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
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A Rapsodo unit enables pitchers to track important performance data such as spin rate, shape and release point when engaging in any type of throwing, and Helsley utilized one throughout his offseason training in an effort to improve on what was a solid rookie campaign in 2019. The 25-year-old posted a 2.95 ERA across 36.2 innings over 24 appearances, and he followed it up with a 1.29 ERA in four Grapefruit League turns before spring training was suspended. During the ongoing shutdown, Helsley has utilized the Rapsodo to help him refine a changeup that he's attempting to add to a repertoire that already includes a high-90s fastball and 88 mph cutter, honing in on the ideal spin rate (1,500 revolutions per minute) and release point with the assistance of the unit. Helsley was thought to be in strong contention for save chances when play was paused, but the projected early July regular-season start date means closer Jordan Hicks (elbow) may be ready to return to game action within the first month of the campaign. Although that may ultimately relegate Helsley to a setup role for the majority of the abbreviated 2020 season, an enhanced arsenal should naturally still serve him well in that capacity.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
23
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Ryan Helsley generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .231 74 14 7 15 4 1 3
Since 2017vs Right .257 79 18 5 19 5 0 2
2019vs Left .231 74 14 7 15 4 1 3
2019vs Right .257 79 18 5 19 5 0 2
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-60%
ERA on Road
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2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.41 1.41 16.1 1 0 0 8.3 2.2 1.7
Since 2017Away 1.77 1.13 20.1 1 0 0 7.5 3.5 0.9
2019Home 4.41 1.41 16.1 1 0 0 8.3 2.2 1.7
2019Away 1.77 1.13 20.1 1 0 0 7.5 3.5 0.9
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Ryan Helsley compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.67
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
2.9
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
97.8 mph
 
ERA
2.95
 
WHIP
1.25
 
BABIP
.289
 
GB/FB
0.86
 
Left On Base
84.6%
 
Exit Velocity
88.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.0%
 
Spin Rate
2502 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.6%
 
Swinging Strike
10.7%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
A shoulder injury limited Helsley to just 12 starts in 2018, but he showed enough promise in those starts for the Cardinals to add him to the 40-man roster for Rule 5 draft protection. At Double-A Springfield, Triple-A Memphis and one rehab start in rookie ball, the 24-year-old combined for a 3.97 ERA, striking out 28.1% of opposing batters and holding them to a .190 batting average. He did battle some walk issues (11.0 BB%), and that's not a new problem for Helsley. Much of the righty's profile reads like a reliever -- iffy command, a questionable changeup and a fastball that can touch 100 mph. If the Cardinals elect to move him to the bullpen this season, he has the tools to make a big-league impact right away. If they keep him as a starter, it will be harder for Helsley to crack the roster.
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Makes case for save chances
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 7, 2020
Helsley, who posted a 1.29 ERA across four Grapefruit League appearances, was in contention for closing opportunities when spring training was suspended, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Dominant in first appearance
PSt. Louis Cardinals
February 25, 2020
Helsley, who earned a hold with two scoreless innings during a 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Marlins on Monday, kept himself firmly in contention for a spot on the starting rotation to open the season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "Valuable guy," said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. "A guy that's historically been able to hold his velocity in a minor-league setting as he goes deeper into games. But clearly he is able to have high velocity with plus secondary pitches in the short outings as well. That's really what we're looking for in the modern game."
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Couple of spring starts likely
PSt. Louis Cardinals
February 16, 2020
Helsley, who is a candidate for the closer role to open the season, is also likely to log at least one Grapefruit League start in order to build up stamina and arm strength, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Competing for No. 5 rotation spot
PSt. Louis Cardinals
January 28, 2020
Helsley said last week that he would arrive at spring training with the aim of competing for the No. 5 spot in the Cardinals' rotation, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Grabs first win
PSt. Louis Cardinals
August 26, 2019
Helsley (1-0) was credited with the victory in a win over the Rockies on Sunday, striking out four while allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk over 2.1 innings.
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