2022 Player Outlook
When Pressly wasn't missing bats (84th percentile whiff rate and 94th percentile strikeout rate), he did allow some hard contact (18th percentile average exit velocity). Fortunately, he posted a ground ball rate of 55.8 percent in 2021, which was a career best, not to mention a ground ball rate north of 50 percent for the fourth time in the past five seasons. His slider and curveball wreaked havoc on the opposition, leading to a fourth straight season with a 31+ percent strikeout rate. Pressly has some competition in the bullpen, but he has a lengthy leash as the team's ninth-inning man. He has plus strikeout numbers, and his slider and curveball will headline an arsenal that should post a fifth straight year with a strikeout rate north of 30 percent. 2022 should be the first year of his career he surpasses 30 saves in a season, besting last year's 26.