Behind the Breakout: Ryan Pressly
Greg Jewett dissects potential breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
Although the breakout started last season, Ryan Pressly continues to surge as a setup reliever in Houston. Since saves dominate the fantasy landscape when valuing relievers, Pressly gets overlooked. He’s currently in the midst of 40 scoreless appearances spanning 39 innings which ties him for second in the expansion era (since 1961). Through 19 games this year, Pressly’s racked up 22 strikeouts in 21 innings with zero walks, a 0.00 ERA, 1.62 xFIP and 0.43 WHIP. He’s generating more ground balls (62 percent) while reducing hard hit rates during a time in which they seem to be up across baseball.
Pressly’s actually producing fewer swinging strikes with more contact allowed but, his swings and misses outside the strike zone has increased. It’s quite an anomaly. Yet, he’s making it work. Perhaps pitching more to contact to start the season, it’s still working as evidenced above. In fact, since being acquired by the Astros, Pressly’s logged 44.1 innings with two wins, four saves, a...