|Houston Astros – No. 55|
|Born: December 15, 1988|
|April 4, 2013, for the Minnesota Twins|
|MLB statistics |
(through July 27, 2021)
|Earned run average||3.24|
|Career highlights and awards|
Thomas Ryan Pressly (born December 15, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 11th round of the 2007 MLB draft, he was selected from the Red Sox by the Minnesota Twins in the 2012 Rule 5 draft. Pressly made his MLB debut with the Twins in 2013. The Twins traded him to Houston in 2018.
Pressly attended American Heritage Academy in Carrollton, Texas, for his first three years of high school. He starred as a pitcher and shortstop for the school's baseball team, leading the conference in 23 different offensive categories. As the school considered ending its baseball program, Pressly transferred to Edward S. Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, for his senior year. In addition to baseball, Pressly played American football as a defensive back. During a football game, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee when he was tackled following an interception. His knee required surgery, jeopardizing his baseball career.
Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox drafted Pressly in the 11th round, with the 354th overall selection, of the 2007 MLB Draft. Pressly signed with Boston for a $100,000 signing bonus rather than attend college. Pressly worked as a starting pitcher for the Red Sox in minor league baseball, but was converted into a relief pitcher in 2012. As a relief pitcher for the Portland Sea Dogs of the Class AA Eastern League, he pitched to a 2.93 earned run average with 21 strikeouts in 27+2⁄3 innings pitched.
After the 2012 season, the Minnesota Twins selected Pressly from the Red Sox in the Rule 5 draft. Pressly made the Twins' Opening Day roster. He made his major league debut on April 4, pitching a scoreless inning, in which he struck out Torii Hunter. Pressly appeared in 49 games, going 3–3 with 3.87 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 76.2 innings of work.
In 2014, Pressly began the season with the Rochester Red Wings, the Twins Triple-A affiliate, before being called up on July 23. He made 25 relief appearances, going 2–0 with a 2.86 ERA.
To start the 2015 season, Pressly once again began with Rochester, before being recalled on April 28. On July 4, Pressly suffered a lat muscle strain, putting him on the 15-day disabled list, and after suffering a setback during rehab on August 17, Pressly was ruled out for the remainder of the year. On the season, Pressly made 27 appearances, going 3–2 with a 2.93 ERA.
In 2016, Pressly was primarily used as a middle reliever & setup man. On July 31, Pressly recorded his first major league save in a 6–4 win against the Chicago White Sox. For the year, Pressly appeared in 72 games (4th most in the AL), compiling a 6–7 record with a 3.70 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 75.1 innings.
In 2017, Pressly remained a middle reliever and setup man. However, through the first 3 months of the season, Pressly struggled, going 1–2 with a 9.50 ERA in just 18 innings. Due to his struggles, Pressly was optioned to the minors on June 6, and was recalled on June 29. After his recall from the minors, Pressly returned to his prior form, compiling a 1–1 with a 2.75 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. For the season, he was 2–3 with a 4.70 ERA in 57 relief appearances.
The 2018 season, continued to maintain his role of middle reliever and setup man. Pressly made 51 appearances, finishing with a 1–1 record with a 3.40 ERA with 69 strikeouts in 47.2 innings, before the trade.
The Twins traded Pressly to the Houston Astros for minor leaguers Jorge Alcalá and Gilberto Celestino on July 27, 2018. In 26 regular season games pitched with the Astros, Pressly had a 0.77 ERA and walked only three batters. Houston's focus on analytics has largely been credited for his post-trade success.
Before the 2019 season, Pressly signed a two-year contract extension with the Astros worth $17.5 million. In 2019 he was 2-3 with three saves and a 2.32 ERA in 55 relief appearances in which he pitched 54+1⁄3 innings and struck out 72 batters (11.9 per 9 innings), and tied for the major league lead in holds (31).
In 2020 he was 1-3 with 12 saves (3rd in the AL) and a 3.43 ERA, in 21 innings in which he struck out 29 batters (12.4 per 9 innings) over 23 relief appearances.
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