Pressly threw one shutout inning during Tuesday's loss to the Angels, bringing his ERA down to 4.17 for the season. Pressly struggled to be consistent in the month of May, as he allowed 10 earned runs across 14.1 innings. However, he's improved in June, giving up two runs in eight innings of action. However, what's most notable is his increased control. After walking 14 batters in his first 20.2 innings of the season, Pressly has walked just one batter in the following 16 innings.
Pressly gave up one hit in 0.2 scoreless innings in Friday's loss to Cleveland. Pressly now has two consecutive scoreless outings after giving up five earned runs in his previous two appearances. The 27-year-old strikes batters out, as evidenced by his 9.15 K/9 ratio, but he allows plenty of walks and hits which has led to his 5.03 ERA and 1.78 WHIP.
Pressly (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for his first victory of the season in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Angels. The 27-year-old righty pitched a clean inning for the first time since throwing two no-hit frames on Opening Day versus the Orioles. Pressly secured a bullpen job in spring training and has been largely effective, as he's yet to surrender an earned run despite his propensity for putting at least one runner on base in all but two games this season. He was highly efficent Saturday, needing only nine pitches to dispose of the Angels in the eighth. After issuing three free passes over his first four appearances, Pressly has now encouragingly gone three straight games without a walk.
Pressly has won a job in Minnesota's bullpen, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Pressly had a 1.80 ERA this spring with a 10:4 K:BB ratio in ten innings. He showed promise in the bullpen with a 94.2 average mph fastball and a decent 7.1 K/9 last season, but a strained right lat muscle injury ended his season in early August. He'll be used in middle relief but could become a key setup man before too long.
Pressly is a heavy favorite to win a spot in the bullpen, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He has a 2.25 ERA with an 8:4 K:BB ratio in eight innings this spring. Pressly showed promise in the bullpen with a 94.2 average mph fastball and a decent 7.1 K/9 last season, but a strained right lat muscle injury ended his season in early August. He could be among the top setup men for Glen Perkins along with Kevin Jepsen, Trevor May, and Casey Fien.