Ryan Helsley

Position: RHSP
Level: MLB
Affiliate: St. Louis Cardinals
League: MLB
Born: 07/18/1994 (Age: 28)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 5th Rd., 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (STL)

Prospect Spotlight

The Cardinals’ fifth-round pick in 2015 from a smaller college, Helsley might have cracked the big league roster last year had he not gone down with a late-season injury. He has risen through the system steadily, if not a bit quietly, recording time in Triple-A each of the last two seasons. He waited until 2019 to make his big league debut, cracking the Cardinals’ roster this April.

Helsley is undersized for a starter and doesn’t have ideal in-zone command, but double-plus velocity on his fastball bails him out to some degree. The heater sits 94-to-97 late into games, topping out around triple-digits. Both his curve and changeup flash sharp movement but aren’t always consistent, backed up by a cutter he’ll mix for another look. St. Louis has a good track record with hard-throwing starters, and Helsley could be a back-rotation piece if he maintains his velocity while cutting down the walks. The tools are here for a potential late-game ‘pen arm if durability becomes a long-term issue.