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
RANKSFrom Preseason
#106
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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.
Shaky in non-save situation
PHouston Astros
July 28, 2021
Pressley allowed two runs on three hits and one walk over one inning in Tuesday's 8-6 win over Seattle.
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It wasn't a save situation for Pressly, who entered with Houston up by four runs. He allowed a two-run home run to Seattle's Abraham Toro, who oddly enough began the day as a member of the Astros before being traded to the team in the dugout across the diamond. The Astros closer then put the tying run on base before retiring Kyle Seager and Ty France to end the game. Pressly had entered the game having allowed just one earned run over the last 19 innings and had a 0.84 ERA in non-save situations.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Ryan Pressly generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Ryan Pressly generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-50%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .178 228 83 12 38 8 1 4
Since 2019vs Right .232 244 73 15 53 5 1 7
2021vs Left .205 77 27 4 15 4 0 1
2021vs Right .191 93 28 4 17 0 0 2
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-72%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-79%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 1.45 0.79 62.0 6 1 20 12.0 1.6 0.7
Since 2019Away 3.51 1.21 56.1 1 6 13 11.3 2.6 0.8
2021Home 1.85 0.74 24.1 3 0 9 12.2 1.5 0.7
2021Away 2.29 1.12 19.2 1 1 9 10.1 1.8 0.5
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
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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
6.88
 
K/9
11.3
 
BB/9
1.6
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
95.7 mph
 
ERA
2.05
 
WHIP
0.91
 
BABIP
.296
 
GB/FB
1.93
 
Left On Base
75.4%
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.6%
 
Spin Rate
2692 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.8%
 
Swinging Strike
14.7%
 
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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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Notches 18th save
PHouston Astros
July 25, 2021
Pressly fired a clean ninth inning, striking out one to earn the save over the Rangers on Sunday.
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Allows homer Saturday
PHouston Astros
July 25, 2021
Pressly allowed a solo home run and a walk while striking out out three in a non-save situation against the Rangers on Saturday.
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Works in non-save situation
PHouston Astros
July 22, 2021
Pressly struck out one over a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to Cleveland.
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Notches 17th save
PHouston Astros
July 19, 2021
Pressly walked one batter and struck out another in a scoreless ninth inning Monday, earning a save over Cleveland.
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Grabs another save
PHouston Astros
July 7, 2021
Pressly did not allow a baserunner and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday against the Athletics.
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