Ryan Pressly

Age 31 RP
  • Born 12/14/1988
  • Bats R
  • Team: Houston Astros
2019 Statistics
W-L
3-3
IP
54.1
ERA
2.32
WHIP
0.90
K
72
K%
34.0
2020 Prediction
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2018
2019
Curveball
34.8% Thrown 83.1 MPH 38.6 CSW%
Four-Seamer
36.0% Thrown 95.6 MPH 34.4 CSW%
Slider
29.3% Thrown 90.1 MPH 33 CSW%

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%.

GIF made by Nate Watt. Blurb written by Jim Chatterton

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.

GIF made by Nate Watt. Blurb written by Jim Chatterton

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.

GIF made by Nate Watt. Blurb written by Jim Chatterton
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
41.2% Thrown 95.9 MPH
Curveball
28.0% Thrown 83.0 MPH
Slider
27.4% Thrown 89.8 MPH
Two-Seamer
3.4% Thrown 94.4 MPH

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.

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