Helms Signs Professional Contract With Kansas City T-Bones
June 25, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State baseball standout Spiker Helms has agreed to contract terms with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association, becoming the third former Bear to sign a professional deal in the month of June. Helms, who recorded hits in each of his first two games with the T-Bones over the weekend, is the 124th player in school history and the third member of the Bears' 2012 NCAA Tournament squad to join the professional ranks.
Helms joins MSU teammates Kevin Medrano and Pierce Johnson on the Bears' list of 2012 pro signees. Johnson agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs after becoming MSU's fourth first-round pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, while Medrano signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks after being selected in the 18th round of the draft. Additionally, Helms is the fourth former Missouri State player to join the Kansas City organization this season, as Dan Kickham, Sean Toler and Beau Stoker have all seen action with the T-Bones in 2012.
A Second-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference outfielder in 2012, Helms played a key role as one of the Bears' offensive catalysts as a senior this spring, hitting .282 with six home runs and 40 runs batted in, while ranking 13th in the nation and tied for second on MSU's single-season list with 23 doubles. He also rated among the MVC's individual leaders in hits, runs, total bases, walks, slugging percentage and on-base percentage in helping MSU (40-22) advance to post-season play for the first time since 2003. Helms earned all-tournament recognition at both the Red Raider Classic and Jayhawk Classic and recorded a career-best 11-game hit streak. A two-year letterwinner for the Bears, Helms hit .286 and started all 118 games of his career.