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Cardinals promote Sequoyah Tahlequah, NSU product Ryan Helsley

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley throws during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley throws during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


St. Louis Cardinals prospect Ryan Helsley made history Tuesday.

The right-handed pitcher was promoted to the big leagues, becoming the first player from Northeastern State to reach Major League Baseball.

A Sequoyah Tahlequah graduate, Helsley was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 draft by the Cardinals. He is ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the organization by MLB.com.

This season, Helsley made two starts for Triple-A Memphis. He allowed three runs, six hits and two walks in seven innings of work. He struck out five.

With NSU from 2014-15, he was 14-8 and made 21 starts. In 2015, he had 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings, which was fifth in the nation, and led the MIAA with 95 strikeouts.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley throws during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley throws during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley throws during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley throws during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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