Where Are They Now: MLB Infielder Wes Helms
Wes Helms was a corner infielder in the Major Leagues from 1998 to 2011. He played 1,212 major league games and hit .256 with 75 home runs and 374 RBIs for the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies.
Helms is now in his first season as the bench coach for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs of the International League. It’s the first year of Helm’s coaching career as well. The Iron Pigs are a Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate.
Helms began his career with the Atlanta Braves during the tail end of their 1990’s dynasty. The Braves drafted Helms out of high school in the 1994 MLB Draft and he made his big league debut as a September call-up in 1998. He played only seven games but got his first career hit and first home run out of the way. He missed out on the Braves’ 1999 World Series appearance but returned in 2000 and completed his rookie year in 2001 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI over 100 games.
Helms was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Ray King after the 2002 season. He was mainly a reserve infielder in Atlanta but the Brewers made him a starter in 2003. With a career high 536 at-bats, Helms hit a career high 23 home runs and 67 RBIs while batting .261.
After 2005, Helms signed a one-year deal with the Florida Marlins, who were going through their second fire sale. 2006 was his most efficient season, batting .329 in 278 at-bats over 140 games.
Helms parlayed that season into a two-year, 5.5 million dollar contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, who wanted him to be their starting third baseman. He could not live up to the expectations put forth by his previous season and was designated for assignment in 2008. The Marlins reacquired him soon after and the rest is history.