Ryan Pressly
Ryan Pressly
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Pressly entered the 2020 season with only six career saves across seven campaigns. However, with Roberto Osuna sidelined by an elbow injury that cost him the entire season, Pressly was pressed into closing duties. He got off to a rocky start in the role, taking a loss and blowing two saves in his first nine appearances. He returned to the form expected of him from there on, logging nine saves and 20 strikeouts to go along with a 2.03 ERA across the final month of the regular season. Since the end of the campaign, the Astros have parted ways with Osuna, leaving the door open for Pressly to slot into the closer role once again in 2021. Though he should be considered the favorite to pick up the majority of the saves, the team has other internal options, the most notable of which is Enoli Paredes. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension with the Astros in March of 2019. Contract includes vesting option for 2022 worth up to $10 million.
Working on mechanics
PHouston Astros
February 21, 2021
Pressly spent the offseason working on his direction to the plate, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Pressly, who is competing to be the closer or part of a closing committee, is coming off a season in which he felt out of sync. Whether it was his fastball having too much cut, inconsistency with his curveball, or a slider that looked too much like his fastball, Pressly's performance suffered. He's thrown multiple bullpen sessions at Minute Maid Park with Trackman technology, and Pressly said everything was "spot on" and pitches were staying true. If the hurler recaptures his 2018 and 2019 form, he could be Houston's closer.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Ryan Pressly generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-50%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-29%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .167 262 100 17 40 6 2 5
Since 2018vs Right .250 332 102 24 76 11 1 9
2020vs Left .250 48 16 3 11 3 1 1
2020vs Right .282 43 13 4 11 0 1 1
2019vs Left .124 103 40 5 12 1 0 2
2019vs Right .250 108 32 7 25 5 0 4
2018vs Left .172 111 44 9 17 2 1 2
2018vs Right .242 181 57 13 40 6 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-72%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-79%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-80%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.73 1.08 69.1 3 2 11 12.1 2.1 0.9
Since 2018Away 2.49 1.07 76.0 2 5 6 12.7 3.0 0.7
2020Home 1.98 1.02 13.2 1 1 9 13.8 2.0 0.7
2020Away 7.11 2.21 6.1 0 2 3 8.5 5.7 0.0
2019Home 0.75 0.71 24.0 2 0 2 10.9 1.5 0.8
2019Away 3.56 1.05 30.1 0 3 1 12.8 2.4 1.2
2018Home 4.55 1.39 31.2 0 1 0 12.2 2.6 1.1
2018Away 0.92 0.89 39.1 2 0 2 13.3 3.0 0.5
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Stat Review
How does Ryan Pressly compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.14
 
K/9
12.4
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
94.7 mph
 
ERA
3.43
 
WHIP
1.33
 
BABIP
.386
 
GB/FB
2.17
 
Left On Base
71.4%
 
Exit Velocity
84.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.0%
 
Spin Rate
2770 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.7%
 
Swinging Strike
16.8%
 
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Pressly cemented his status as one of the best setup men in the game, though his second half was marred by a pair of IL visits, the first for a bruised right knee and the second for arthroscopic surgery on the same knee. While his performance suffered a bit as he tried to work through the soreness before being shelved, Pressly still notched 31 holds, tied for most in the league. He also scooped three saves. Pressly continued to sport 97th percentile spin on his fastball and 100th percentile on his curve with pinpoint control. The result was a dominating 28.4 K-BB%. Pressly incurred knee soreness in the playoffs but it was attributed to tearing scar tissue after August surgery and he is expected to be pain free in the spring. He'll return to setting up Roberto Osuna, in play in not only holds leagues, but all formats where a dominant reliever to stabilize ratios is useful.
Of course it was the Astros, the team that led the spin-rate revolution, who acquired Pressly from the Twins prior to the trade deadline. After Houston got their hands on Pressly, he became one of the most dominant pitchers in the game, posting a 0.77 ERA, 0.60 WHIP and 32:3 K:BB with the Astros in 23.1 innings over the remainder of the regular season. The incredible spin on his breaking pitches helped Pressly to a top-five swinging-strike rate overall among qualified relievers (17.7%). He can also pump in his fastball at over 95 mph on average -- the total package with Pressly is close to elite. It looks like Pressly will open the year as the Astros' top setup man in front of closer Roberto Osuna. He is good enough to hold value in all formats in a setup role and could be a top-10 closer if given the opportunity to handle the ninth.
Pressly struggled at the start of last season with a 9.50 ERA before he was sent to the minors in June. While he throws hard (95.8 mph average fastball), he was too wild and gave up too much contact. He had an 11.5 K/9 but allowed a 4.0 BB/9, five home runs and 21 hits in his first 18 innings. Pressly turned his season around when called back up in July as he had a 2.75 ERA with a 8.1 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 thereafter. If he can reduce his walks and keep the ball in the park, he has enough velocity to be a key setup man and possible closer.
Pressly had a productive season in the Minnesota bullpen while sneaking in high-leverage appearances. He features a plus fastball (95.1 mph average last year) with decent dominance (8.0 K/9) and control (2.75 BB/9). He should be a mainstay of Minnesota's setup corps, but overuse may be a worry after he was tied for fourth in the AL with 72 appearances. The Twins' closer depth chart also remains messy, and he's not guaranteed a chance if opportunities arise.
Pressly showed promise as an impact arm in the bullpen with a 94.2 average mph fastball and a decent 7.1 K/9 last season. He began the season at Triple-A but posted a 2.93 ERA in a setup role before a season-ending strained right lat muscle injury in early August. His 10.0 K/9 at Triple-A over the past two seasons show he could be a sorely needed strikeout pitcher in Minnesota's bullpen if given a more prominent role.
Pressly spent all of 2013 on the major league roster as a Rule 5 pick and was productive with a 3.56 ERA, but was surprisingly sent to the minors in spring training. He responded well with a 2.98 ERA and 9.4 K/9 at Triple-A, which earned him a trip to the majors in July and he posted a 2.68 ERA. He had just a 4.5 K/9 and a 4.54 FIP in the majors, so his peripheral numbers didn't support his major league success. Still, his Triple-A strikeout rate was encouraging and he did hold his own as a rookie in the majors in 2013. He'll have a strong chance to win a middle relief role in spring training as a result.
Pressly struggled a bit in the second half with a 4.91 ERA (compared to 3.09 ERA in the first half), but his season was still a success as the Rule 5 pick stayed on the big league roster all season and was productive (0.3 fWAR). He had a 3.87 ERA overall, but just a 5.8 K/9 IP and 3.2 BB/9 IP. However, he has a decent groundball rate (43.8 percent) and was tough on right-handed batters (.614 OPS allowed). He should win a middle-relief role again with the Twins this spring.
Pressly made the bullpen as a Rule 5 pick out of Boston's farm system. He'll likely have a low-profile role, but the Twins may keep him on the roster all season in order to avoid losing him.
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Closes out Game 6 win
PHouston Astros
October 17, 2020
Pressly allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Game 6 of the ALCS.
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Earns win in Game 5
PHouston Astros
October 16, 2020
Pressly allowed one hit and struck out two over 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the win over the Rays on Thursday.
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Blows fourth save
PHouston Astros
September 26, 2020
Pressly allowed a solo home run and struck out two in a blown save Friday against the Rangers.
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Earns 12th save
PHouston Astros
September 20, 2020
Pressly struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Sunday, earning a save in the win over the Diamondbacks.
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Back on track
PHouston Astros
September 19, 2020
Pressly struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
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