2023 Player Outlook
Helsley was terrific for the Cardinals and fantasy managers alike in 2022. Not only did he post 19 saves and seven holds last year, but he won nine games, posted a 1.25 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, and a massive 39.3 percent strikeout rate! Amongst qualified relievers, he had the third-highest strikeout rate, third-highest K-BB rate, and fourth-highest average fastball velocity. He ranked in the 99th percentile in xERA/xWOBA, xBA, K%, and fastball spin, not to mention a 100th-percentile fastball velocity! He tailed off ever so slightly in the second half, but even at his worst last year, he was an elite relief pitcher for fantasy purposes. He’s going to be one of the first handful of closers off the board, but he’s the ninth-inning guy for the Cardinals in 2023, and on top of racking up saves for a very good St. Louis squad, he’ll be elite at boosting your team’s ratios. He is one of the few closers with a realistic shot at 25+ saves and 100+ strikeouts this season.