June 23, 2021

Ryan Helsley Deserves a Chance In the Rotation (Viva El Birdos)

Ryan Helsley should be given a chance to contribute to the Cardinals starting rotation in 2020.

I am not a huge fan of giving out rotation spots based on the results of one month’s worth of spring training games, but we should at least give Helsley some recognition — and future consideration. There will likely be one open spot in the rotation next year after the re-signing of Adam Wainwright, and spot starts will be available throughout the season as well. Even though there are multiple options to plug into the rotation (Daniel Ponce de Leon, Genesis Cabrera, Austin Gomber, Jake Woodford, Alex Reyes, Carlos Martinez) Helsley has demonstrated that he can succeed in the big leagues and has nasty stuff as well.

Helsley was a very effective reliever in his rookie season with the Cardinals, as he posted a solid 2.95 ERA in 36 23 innings in the regular season before turning in five scoreless frames in the postseason. Helsley’s FIP (4.22) and xFIP (5.11) are not nearly as impressive, but this is likely due to the fact that the right-hander tallied his lowest K/9 at any level since 2015 – the year of his debut professional season. Helsley is likely to see an increase in…

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