Helsabeck signs with LA Dodgers

Former Surry Community College student and Winston-Salem State University alumnus Wesley Helsabeck of Rural Hall is ready to go pro.

Helsabeck signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers after going undrafted in the MLB Draft. Helsabeck pitched for Surry Community College for his first two years out of high school. After being named pitcher of the year and being named all-conference his sophomore season, he caught the eye of the Winston-Salem State University Rams coach.

Helsabeck quickly became a No. 1 starter in the Rams rotation, and his control on the mound is definitely something to look at when he starts his career.

The Dodgers picked a lot of pitchers in this year’s draft, making it unlikely fans will see Helsabeck in an MLB uniform any time soon. For now, Helsabeck is playing with the Ogden Raptors, a Pioneer League affiliate for the Dodgers in Utah. In his pro debut June 21, Helsabeck struck out one and allowed one hit in his first inning of relief.

If Helsabeck can prove himself, the Piedmont Triad can add yet another player to the list of greats to make it pro.

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

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