Ryan Pressly
Ryan Pressly
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
Makes roster for World Series
PHouston Astros
October 22, 2019
Pressly (knee) is on the Astros' World Series roster.
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After leaving Game 6 of the ALCS with right knee discomfort, there was some uncertainty regarding Pressly's availability for the World Series. However, the 30-year-old should be available as Houston's setup man for the series against the Nationals after being included on the roster.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
12
Last 5 Games
10
How many pitches does Ryan Pressly generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
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 2017
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-50%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-29%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .189 315 106 25 54 6 1 8
Since 2017vs Right .228 440 128 28 92 17 0 14
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
2017vs Left .281 101 22 11 25 3 0 4
2017vs Right .196 151 39 8 27 6 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-45%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-79%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-80%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-52%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.11 1.12 92.0 2 3 2 10.6 2.3 1.4
Since 2017Away 2.28 1.01 94.2 4 4 3 12.0 2.9 0.8
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
2017Home 5.94 1.16 36.1 0 2 0 8.9 2.5 2.0
2017Away 2.88 1.16 25.0 2 1 0 9.0 3.2 0.7
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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
6.00
 
K/9
11.9
 
BB/9
2.0
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
95.6 mph
 
ERA
2.32
 
WHIP
0.90
 
BABIP
.276
 
GB/FB
2.64
 
Left On Base
83.7%
 
Exit Velocity
86.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.8%
 
Spin Rate
2881 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
32.2%
 
Swinging Strike
17.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Expected to make roster
PHouston Astros
Knee
October 21, 2019
Pressly (knee) is expected to be on the Astros' roster for the World Series, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
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Downplays knee issue
PHouston Astros
Knee
October 19, 2019
Pressly (knee) said he'll be ready to pitch in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Nationals, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Leaves with knee discomfort
PHouston Astros
October 19, 2019
Pressly was removed from Game 6 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Saturday due to right knee discomfort, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Back to normal role
PHouston Astros
September 25, 2019
Pressly allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three in the eighth inning to pick up the hold in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Mariners.
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Breezes in return
PHouston Astros
September 21, 2019
Pressly worked a perfect inning while striking out two to record a hold in Friday's 6-4 win over the Angels.
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