Pressly and the Astros settled on a one-year, $2.9 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Pressly was picked up by the Astros at the trade deadline last season and was one of the best relievers in the league down the stretch, posting a 0.77 ERA and a 32:3 K:BB in 23.1 innings for his new team. Roberto Osuna appears to have the closing job locked down in Houston but Pressly may have the inside track as a replacement should Osuna stumble or get injured.
Pressly closed out Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Tigers and picked up his first save of the season. Neither Roberto Osuna nor Hector Rondon were available, so manager A.J. Hinch went to Pressly, the next best reliever. He hasn't allowed a run over his last 14 appearances, spanning 12.1 innings.
Pressly pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out the side in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Twins. Pressly ran his scoreless innings streak to 10.1 over 11 appearances. He's given up just four hits, struck out 16 and hasn't walked a batter during that streak. The right-hander has been dominant since the Astros acquired him from the Twins in July and should be considered for setup work if Hector Rondon's hand injury lingers.
Pressly gave up a solo home run and struck out one over one inning in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Rangers. Pressly was making his Houston debut after being acquired from Minnesota on Friday. Although the game turned out to be a blowout, Pressly entered a close game with the Astros trailing by one in the seventh inning and is expected to fill a late-inning role.
Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow believes Pressly will pitch high-leverage innings, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The general manager ultimately will defer to manager A.J. Hinch, but a late-inning role seems likely, particularly after seeing the Astros' bullpen blow up in an ugly 11-2 loss Friday. The right-handed Pressly, who was acquired from Minnesota on Friday, has a 3.40 ERA (2.99 FIP) with 69 strikeouts over 47.1 innings. He's also been effective against left-handers, limiting them to a .636 OPS this season.