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Ryan Helsley

Born: 07/18/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 230
Above-average arm speed from high 3/4 slot; Slot wavers a touch on off speed offerings; Utilizes semi-windup; Clean in the back; Gets through to front side quickly and on time with flexed front leg; Overall effort in delivery is moderate.
Evaluator James Fisher
Report Date 05/02/2016
Affiliate Peoria Chiefs (Low A, Cardinals)
Dates Seen 4/16/16
OFP 50
MLB ETA 2018
Video Yes
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 94 97 Sits 93-96, touching 97; Comes out easy; Spots to both side of plate with glove side command issues at times but does show ability to get there; Limited movement to pitch but does show finish down in zone.
Curveball 50 76 78 12/6 shape with downer action and bite; flashes at least average spin at times; Will throw for strikes or as chase pitch; Feel for pitch.
Changeup 40 84 88 Downer action; Arm speed varies from pitch-to-pitch; Can throw pitch for strikes but inconsistent at this time.
2-Seam Fastball 40 91 92 Features enough run to miss barrels but still a work in progress.

The 21 year old, physical right handed starter attacks hitters with a pitch mix that is in flux. The fastball and curveball are at least average offerings with the potential for more. The key in development here will be the ability to get left handed batters out. Shows feel for a change up at this point but arm speed needs to become more consistent. The two fastball variations would be good options if the changeup fails to take the proper steps forward. In the end, Helsley could be a back end of the rotation starter or a bullpen option if the tertiary offerings fail to materialize.

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