Ryan Helsley

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Ryan Helsley
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 56
Born: (1994-07-18) July 18, 1994 (age 25)
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 2019, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
(through September 17, 2019)
Win–loss record1–0
Earned run average2.27

Ryan Dalton Helsley (born July 18, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB).


Helsley attended Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma,[1] where he played baseball, basketball, and football along with running track.[2] Undrafted out of high school in the 2013 MLB draft, he enrolled at Northeastern State University where he played college baseball.[3] In 2014, as a freshman, he went 7-4 with a 4.60 ERA in 14 games (nine starts) and was named the MIAA Freshman of the Year.[4] As a sophomore, he pitched to a 14–8 record and 4.06 ERA in 126.1 innings pitched.[5] After his sophomore season, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB draft[6][7] and he signed.

After signing, Helsley made his professional debut with the Johnson City Cardinals and spent all of 2015 there, posting a 2.01 ERA in 40.1 innings.[8] In 2016, he pitched for the Peoria Chiefs, where he posted a 10–2 record with a 1.61 ERA in 17 starts and was named a Midwest League All-Star.[9] Helsley started 2017 with the Palm Beach Cardinals and after going 8-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 17 games (16 starts), he was promoted to the Springfield Cardinals in July.[10] In six starts for Springfield, he was 3–1 with a 2.67 ERA.[11] He also made one start for the Memphis Redbirds at the end of the season.[12] Following the season, he was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Year.[13][14] Helsley began 2018 with Springfield and was promoted to Memphis during the season. However, shoulder fatigue ended his season in June.[15] In seven starts for Springfield he was 3–2 with a 4.39 ERA, and in five starts for Memphis he pitched to a 2–1 record and a 3.71 ERA.[16] The Cardinals added Helsley to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[17]

Helsley began 2019 back with Memphis.[18] On April 16, he was recalled to the major leagues for the first time.[19] He made his debut that night, throwing two and a third innings in relief and recording a single in his first major league at bat.[20] Helsley was placed on the injured list on June 13 with right shoulder impingement.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Helsley is a member of the Cherokee tribe.[22] He is the first baseball player from Northeastern State to reach the major leagues.[23] He grew up a Cardinals fan.[24]


  1. ^ https://www.muskogeephoenix.com/sports/sequoyah-nsu-ex-ryan-helsley-gets-name-called-to-cards/article_2e241277-94c3-5c9b-b71c-71b5207af516.html
  2. ^ https://www.ksdk.com/article/sports/mlb/cardinals/cardinals-prospect-ryan-helsley-literally-has-a-tribe-supporting-him/63-527838376
  3. ^ BEN JOHNSONSports Editor (May 24, 2013). "Helsley hauls in honors | High School Sports". tahlequahdailypress.com. Retrieved August 9, 2018.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ https://goriverhawksgo.com/news/2014/5/8/BB_0508140835.aspx
  5. ^ "Cardinals selected Northeastern State's Ryan Helsley in 2015 MLB Draft". Newsok.com. June 9, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  6. ^ DILLON HOLLINGSWORTH World Sports Writer (June 10, 2015). "Northeastern State's Ryan Helsley one of seven Oklahoma players to go on Day 2 of MLB Draft | Major League Baseball". tulsaworld.com. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Cardinals selected Northeastern State's Ryan Helsley in 2015 MLB Draft". Newsok.com. June 9, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  8. ^ https://www.pjstar.com/article/20160523/SPORTS/160529766
  9. ^ https://www.pjstar.com/article/20160607/sports/160609521
  10. ^ Porter, Jared (August 1, 2017). "Report: Helsley promoted to Double-A Springfield | Sports". tahlequahdailypress.com. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "Ryan Helsley Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  12. ^ Forde, Mitchell (July 23, 2017). "Minor league report: Helsley's success continues as confidence grows | St. Louis Cardinals". stltoday.com. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "Sports". Tcpalm.com. September 7, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  14. ^ https://www.milb.com/palm-beach/news/ryan-helsley-tabbed-as-fsl-pitcher-of-the-year/c-251094294
  15. ^ RotoWire Staff (June 12, 2018). "Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Dealing with shoulder fatigue at Memphis". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "Ryan Helsley Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  17. ^ "Cardinals add four players to 40-man roster". MLB.com. November 20, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  18. ^ https://www.milb.com/palm-beach/news/palm-beach-cardinals-release-2019-roster/c-305916392?tcid=tw_article_305916392
  19. ^ "Ryan Helsley promoted to majors by St. Louis Cardinals". Tahlequah Daily Press. April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers Box Score, April 16, 2019". Baseball Reference. April 17, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  21. ^ https://www.foxsports.com/midwest/story/st-louis-cardinals-place-ryan-helsley-on-10-day-injured-list-recall-genesis-cabrera-from-memphis-redbirds-061319
  22. ^ https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/sports/local-sports/chiefs-helsley-pitches-for-his-people/442126329
  23. ^ https://newsok.com/article/5628903/cardinals-promote-sequoyah-tahlequah-nsu-product-ryan-helsley
  24. ^ https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/archive/a-proud-cherokee-family-with-an-ace-st-louis-cardinals-pitcher-ryan-helsley-bmU53cAscEuK78id9JV4Vw/

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