Pressly took a step forward with his curve in 2019. He was able to throw it less in the zone and get less zone contact resulting in a swinging strike rate of 21% helping his K% get to a whopping 43.5%.
Pressly’s breaking pitch have great effect due to a fastball that reaches almost 96 consistently. He was able to hit the zone more often with it in 2019 and get almost a 10% swinging strike leading to a 31.1% K rate with a fastball.
Pressly’s other breaking pitch is his slider which he is able to throw over 90 mph with good movement. He was not able to maintain his crazy 2018 swinging strike of 32.2% in 2019 but it was still over 20. It resulted in more balls in play especially out of the zone but those were grounders 63% of the time resulting in a BA against of .173.
Pressly decreased the usage of his four-seam fastball largely due to the effectiveness of his breaking pitches. The pitch is league-average in terms of wRC+ but does gets swings and misses in addition to being a strikegetter. The 96 mph average velocity allows the breaking pitches to flourish.
Pressly increased the usage of his curveball towards the end of 2018, for a good reason. The curve tunnels well with the slider, but has even more vertical drop than the slider creating swings outside the zone at a very good rate. The curve isn’t as dominant as the slider but nonetheless a plus pitch.
The slider usage jumped 9% in 2018 and become a truly elite offering in terms of swings outside the zone and swinging strikes. Pressly gained an incredible amount of drop and increased the slider’s horizontal movement which aided in its success. Given the elite results, Pressly should utilize this pitch more in 2019.
Pressly has all but eliminated his two-seam fastball due to the success of his four-seam and breaking pitches. The two-seamer generates ground balls, but Pressly has had trouble throwing the pitch for strikes and doesn’t get hitters to chase.