One of the reasons the Pittsburgh Pirates finished the first half with a 47-43 record and just one game behind the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals is because they got some tremendous contributions from some unlikely sources.
One of those unlikely sources has been OF Alex Presley.
After ripping the cover off the ball in Triple-A (.336/.389/.500 with eight HRs and 18 SBs in 375 PAs), the Pirates called up Presley in late June and all he has done is continue his ridiculously hot hitting. In 60 PAs with the Pirates, Presley is hitting .365/.424/.577 with one HR and two SBs.
He’s hitting so well that he has made people forget about Jose Tabata in left. But as hot as Presley is now, I think it’s fair to say we can expect a similarly torrid regression.
Right now, Presley’s BABIP is a sweet .419. There is no way that is sustainable. It’s just not possible.
Presley is also drawing more walks than usual. In six minor league seasons, Presley’s BB percentage was 7.5. In 13 games with the Pirates in 2011, his BB percentage is 10 percent. His BB percentage should decrease slightly as the season moves on.
Regardless of what happens to Presley in the second half, his performance in the final 13 games of the first half certainly helped the Pirates succeed. Even if he does regress, the Pirates might have found themselves a solid fourth outfielder for the future.
Here are some other things you should know about Alex Presley:
College: University of Mississippi
Drafted: Eighth round of the 2006 June draft
Minor League Stats:
|AAA (2 seasons)||AAA||144||617||96||178||29||11||14||26||47||.316||.370||.480|
|A+ (2 seasons)||A+||197||781||90||181||32||12||10||22||59||.257||.313||.379|
|A (1 season)||A||121||553||79||145||22||8||11||18||45||.293||.348||.436|
|AA (1 season)||AA||67||269||42||86||13||7||6||5||19||.350||.399||.533|
|A- (1 season)||A-||61||244||26||58||7||8||3||3||17||.260||.313||.404|
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