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56 Ryan Helsley RP

St. Louis Cardinals

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
30%15%
Key Stats
IPWLSVERAKSBB
2.2000020
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2019STL202.95240000136.2341312501232
2020STL000.002000002.20000002

Player Updates

August 7, 2020 08:52 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Among positive COVID-19 cases
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley has tested positive for COVID-19, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

The Cardinals had two players and one staff member test positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and Thursday, and Helsley was revealed as one of those players Friday. He's reportedly experiencing a low-grade fever as he deals with the virus. The team's weekend series against the Cubs was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak among team members, but Giovanny Gallegos could see save chances once the Cardinals return to play. Helsley will be eligible to return to the team once he produces two negative tests.

August 5, 2020 04:24 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Candidate to close
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley was mentioned by manager Mike Shildt on Wednesday as one of the Cardinals' top candidates to close going forward, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Kwang-Hyun Kim opened the year as the Cardinals' closer, but the team has since decided to move him into the rotation. With Jordan Hicks opting out of the season, the ninth inning is wide open in St. Louis, and Helsley was one of a large group of candidates who are being considered for the job. Helsley has closer velocity, with his fastball averaging just shy of 98 mph, though he hasn't necessarily achieved closer-worthy results through his first 39.1 big-league innings. His 2.75 ERA is quite strong, but it's come with a 4.04 FIP and a 5.04 xFIP, as his 21.1 percent strikeout rate is rather unimpressive.

July 30, 2020 02:52 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Impressive in first two appearances
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley fired 1.2 scoreless innings in a loss to the Twins on Wednesday, allowing no hits or walks and recording two strikeouts.

The 26-year-old has picked up right where he left off during spring training and summer camp, as Wednesday marked his second scoreless effort in as many regular-season appearances thus far. Helsley should be a constant presence in the late innings thanks to an impressive repertoire that includes a high-90s fastball.

July 14, 2020 06:16 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Closer chances ratcheting up?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley's chances of spending at least some time in the closer role this season seemingly have increased in the wake of Jordan Hicks' (elbow) decision to opt out of playing in the 2020 season.

Helsley was already in the running for some ninth-inning work in the early portion of the season, at minimum, with Giovanny Gallegos still stuck in Mexico for the time being. Hicks' decision may also inch Helsley closer to filling such a role in at least a part-time capacity, as it guarantees the former will no longer be a candidate for closing duties in the second half of the campaign. If Gallegos' travel issues persist into the regular season, it may be down to either Helsley or Carlos Martinez for closing duties for at least the start of the campaign, with a decision from manager Mike Shildt on how he'll handle the situation potentially not coming until much closer to Opening Day.

July 8, 2020 04:32 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Potential Gallegos replacement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley was the first name Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak mentioned Tuesday as a potential closing candidate to begin the season in the event Giovanny Gallegos (non-injury related) isn't ready to go for Opening Day, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.

With Jordan Hicks (elbow) still on the mend from Tommy John surgery and set to open the campaign on the injured list, Gallegos appeared to be the odds-on favorite to close for St. Louis coming off a brilliant 2019 season out of the bullpen and a solid spring training. Unfortunately for Gallegos, the COVID-19 pandemic has created complications with traveling from his native Mexico, as he has yet to arrive in St. Louis since summer camp began last week. Even if Gallegos makes it back to the United States before Opening Day, the Cardinals may not be comfortable using him in high-leverage spots right away, which could pave the way for the fireballing Helsley to see some save opportunities. Helsley's numbers from 2019 weren't exceptional (2.95 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 7.9 K/9 in 36.2 innings), but the Cardinals were encouraged by the strides he made during the spring and seemingly have him earmarked for a key role out of the bullpen in his second MLB season. In addition to Helsley, Carlos Martinez could also enter the mix for saves if Gallegos isn't available, though the Cardinals still intend to give Martinez a chance to lock down the fifth spot in the rotation during summer camp.

May 21, 2020 11:28 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Remains honed in during shutdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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.

April 8, 2020 12:48 AM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Makes case for save chances
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Helsley certainly didn't hurt his cause with his dominant spring performance, which follows an excellent rookie 2019 campaign. The 25-year-old right-hander boasts a 97 mph fastball that seemingly makes him a natural fit for late-inning duty. However, with the delayed start to the regular season, the amount of games last year's closer Jordan Hicks (elbow) misses should be significantly reduced, which in turn will limit the cumulative amount of save opportunities available for other relievers..

February 26, 2020 02:08 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Dominant in first appearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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."

Helsley was a rousing success as a reliever last season, posting a 2.95 ERA across his first 24 major-league appearances. The 25-year-old threw an efficient 22 pitches during his pair of frames Monday, and he's slated to have an opportunity to corroborate his ability to go multiple innings as a starter later in spring training. For the moment, Helsley will continue to incorporate his curveball in Grapefruit League action -- he threw five in Monday's appearance -- after primarily deploying a cutter and triple-digit fastball in his 2019 big-league stint. The latter pitch, which makes him the team's hardest-throwing healthy pitcher, also has Helsley in contention for the closer's role.

February 17, 2020 12:44 AM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Couple of spring starts likely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

The hard-throwing right-hander gave an excellent accounting of himself over his first 24 big-league appearances last season, generating a 2-0 record, 2.95 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 36.2 innings. Although Helsley had previously stated he intended to compete for the No. 5 rotation spot this spring, it appears likelier the Cardinals will want his triple-digit fastball available for late-game scenarios. That won't necessarily equate to a ninth-inning role, however, hence the probability he draws a couple of spring starts to prepare for the occasional multi-inning appearance come the regular season.

January 28, 2020 01:16 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Competing for No. 5 rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

All of Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas, Dakota Hudson and Adam Wainwright appear locked in as members of the rotation if healthy, leaving a host of others to audition for the final job. Starter-turned-closer Carlos Martinez will be among the competitors and profiles as the favorite for the gig if the Cardinals believe his shoulder can still hold up to a hefty workload, though Helsley, Kwang-Hyun Kim and Ponce de Leon will also get the opportunity to showcase their stuff. Helsley's shallow repertoire and poor control have limited his effectiveness as a starter in the high minors, but his upper-90s fastball occasionally made him a dominant relief weapon across his multiple stints with the big club in 2020. That should give him a decent chance at claiming an Opening Day roster spot even if he fails to claim a starting role.

August 26, 2019 11:24 AM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Grabs first win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Helsley delivered a solid performance after relieving starter Michael Wacha with two outs in the fifth inning, allowing his only run on an error by outfielder Harrison Bader. The right-hander has given up one run in three straight appearances, but he's consistently worked multiple innings effectively and retains an impressive 2.35 ERA and 1.04 WHIP across 23 frames while averaging a strikeout per inning.

August 6, 2019 06:28 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Strong outing in long relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley fired three scoreless innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday, allowing a hit and four walks while recording two strikeouts.

Helsley was just recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday for yet another big-league stint, and manager Mike Shildt put him right to work in order to preserve some of his other bullpen arms. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Helsley hasn't been ruled out by Shildt as a possible opener candidate if the Cardinals occasionally deploy a "bullpen day" strategy down the stretch. The right-hander had been serving as a starter with the Redbirds to prep for a multi-inning role in the majors akin to the one he filled Monday.

August 4, 2019 02:48 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Recalled Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.

Helsey was sent to Memphis on July 21 and returns to the Cardinals after spending two weeks in the minors. The 25-year-old has a 2.92 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 13:6 K:BB through 12.1 major-league innings this season.

August 3, 2019 02:00 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Likely returning to majors soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley, who remains on the 40-man roster while at Triple-A Memphis, is expected to return to the Cardinals before the end of the season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

Helsley was most recently sent down to the Redbirds after throwing two scoreless innings in relief against the Reds on July 20. He's subsequently started in both of his appearances since returning to Memphis, throwing 48 pitches over 2.1 innings on July 25 before logging another three frames and 35 pitches Wednesday. Rogers reports Helsley could be an option as a spot starter if Michael Wacha struggles in his return to the rotation, or he could once again serve in the relief capacity he's generated a 2.92 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in across eight big-league appearances this season.

July 21, 2019 02:04 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Sent back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.

He threw two scoreless innings of relief in Saturday's game, but the Cardinals will opt to churn the last bullpen spot, bringing up Tyler Webb in a corresponding move. We should see Helsley back up in the majors again when the team has a need of a fresh reliever.

July 20, 2019 01:24 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Recalled from Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.

Helsley has a poor 5.06 ERA in 32 innings for Memphis, but he's actually fared better in 10.1 frames at the big-league level, posting a 3.48 ERA. His 29.3 percent strikeout rate in the majors is strong, but he's walked too many batters (12.2 percent). Edmundo Sosa was optioned in a corresponding move.

July 3, 2019 05:16 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Activated and optioned
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.

Helsley had already been with Memphis on a rehab assignment. He's thrown 10.1 innings at the big-league level this season, posting a 3.48 ERA and a 12:5 K:BB.

July 1, 2019 12:44 AM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Bounces back in second rehab outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley (shoulder) fired a scoreless seventh inning in Triple-A Memphis' loss to New Orleans on Saturday, allowing a hit and a walk, uncorking a wild pitch and recording a strikeout.

Helsley had a little bit of everything in his second rehab appearance, and some location issues led to him throwing 20 pitches overall during his one frame. However, it was still a markedly better performance for the right-hander than his first turn with the Redbirds, when he failed to record an out while yielding four earned runs. It remains to be seen if Helsley will require at least one more minor-league outing before activation.

June 27, 2019 01:08 AM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Hit hard in first rehab appearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley (shoulder) took the loss for Triple-A Memphis against Nashville on Wednesday, failing to record an out in the eighth inning while allowing four earned runs on a hit and three walks.

Helsley's first rehab assignment didn't exactly go as planned, to say the least. The 24-year-old right-hander immediately ran into trouble and ultimately got just five of 19 pitches into the strike zone. Helsley will look to put some distance between himself and Wednesday's meltdown and likely retake the mound for the Redbirds by this weekend.

June 25, 2019 07:28 PM
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Rehab beginning Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Helsley (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.

Helsley has been out for just shy of two weeks with a shoulder impingement. Given the relatively short length of his absence, he may not need a particularly long rehab assignment.

Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Washington 0.200 13.50000
vs LHB 17.200 4.080714
vs RHB 19.000 1.890518
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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020STL000.002000002.70000002
2019STL202.95240000136.7341312501232
Total202.7700000139.0341312501234
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020STL0240.5000000.0000.00080.00
2019STL227480.6000012.2451.25415311.29
Total229520.6020012.2311.17916110.62
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2015R-Johnson City Cardina 40.111901103519332.021.297
2016AFX-Peoria Chiefs 95.017170102010919771.611.010
2017AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals 93.2171618209130722.701.094
2017AAA-Memphis Redbirds 5.01100005373.602.000
2017AA-Springfield Cardinal 33.26603104115252.711.205
2018AAX-Springfield Cardinal 41.07713204420304.391.220
2018ROK-GCL Cardinals 2.21100004310.001.818
2018AAA-Memphis Redbirds 26.2550210349183.781.030
2019AAA-Memphis Redbirds 37.117702314120294.611.321
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/220
Birthdate:
7/18/1994
Age:
26
Hometown:
Tahlequah, OK
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
St. Louis Cardinals
College:

MLB Experience:
2