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Report: Ryan Pressly Traded To Houston

If you were wondering why Ryan Pressly was not used in the 10th inning of Friday night's loss to the Red Sox, well, there was a good reason.

Moments after the game, Ken Rosenthal reported that Pressly was traded to the Houston Astros.
Per multiple reports, the Twins will receive RHP Jorge Alcala and CF Gilberto Celestino. Per MLB Pipeline, Alcala is (was?) the Astros #10 prospect while Celestino ranked #15.

Jorge Alcala will turn 23 tomorrow. The Dominican native has 82 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings for the Astros High A and AA affilaites. He is the #8 Astros prospect per Baseball America. Some reports indicate he is another hard-thrower who can hit 100 mph.

Celestino is 19, also from the Dominican. He has played in the short-season New York/Penn League and played in three games at AA earlier this year. He has hit a combined .299 with eight doubles and four homers. Also 14 steals in 36 games.

Ryan Pressly was said to be the Twins player that almost all contending teams were asking about. His velocity and spin rate made him, along with having one more year of arbitration, made him intriguing to a lot of teams.

The former Twins Rule 5 pick has really made strides in 2018 after looking the part and showing glimpses over his years with the Twins.

Pressly is a Texas native, so he's kind of heading home and will fit into an already strong Astros bullpen.


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One thing I really hope is that as guys are traded we see players get seasoning at the big league level that need it.This is wehre we need to give Gonsalves, Moya, Gordon, etc. the time to get their feet wet.
 
It'll give us something to be invested in.Along with (hopefully) positive progress from Buxton and Sano.


Moya is on his way to the Twins. So that’s one.
    • TheLeviathan and MN_ExPat like this

 

Someone smarter than me: does Alcala need to be on the 40 man next year?

 

I know the answer to this question but you disqualified me from answering it with your pre-qualifications. 

    • ashbury, USAFChief, jorgenswest and 22 others like this

 

To me this suggests that there is a good chance Kyle Gibson gets traded as well. If the front office was willing to move one of the 2019 controllable players, you would have to image that both of them would be on the table. Still, they shouldn't settle on a deal for Gibson unless they get a great offer.

I don't think the correlation is apt.Trading a former rule 5 RP is not the same as trading a top 15ish (this year) starter who can be included as a foundational piece for the next 5 years (if extended).If Gibson gets traded for a good/great return I won't complain and will be happy (I'd prefer to extend him), but I don't think this trade is indicative of an approach to Gibson; I think it's seizing opportunity when it's presented and appropriate. 

 

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Bill Tanner
Jul 27 2018 10:09 PM

 

Someone smarter than me: does Alcala need to be on the 40 man next year?

 

I think that he does.  He signed with the Astros after he had turned 19.  This will be his fourth season in the minors.  As such, I think he is Rule 5 eligible if not added to the 40-man.

    • USAFChief, birdwatcher, Blake and 3 others like this

 

with about 10 teams with a better record in the AL, might be the sane move.No?

 

Can't tell you how much I love the Violet Femmes reference.

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I'mthinking NONE of the guys need to be put on the 40-man roster. And the chances of any of them being grabbed in a Rule 5 draft are pretty slim at this point, if any of them do need to be grabbed.

 

Pressly has shown a flair in his work for the Twins. Like Jesse Crain years earlier, he had closer written all over him, although, like Crain, it may never pan out in the long run.

 

One thing we know. 51 appearances. Molitor will now have to find someone else to overwork.

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Someone smarter than me: does Alcala need to be on the 40 man next year?

I don’t believe I am smarter than you Chief, but i’ll Take a stab...

His first season was 2015, his birthday is July 1995, so assuming he signed then immediately joined the team, that would put him 19 at the time. I gotta think if he signed earlier, he’d play pro ball during his 18 season... so, with 2018 being his 4th rule 5 draft, he’ll need to be added to the 40 to protect him.

I don’t believe I am smarter than you Chief, but i’ll Take a stab...
His first season was 2015, his birthday is July 1995, so assuming he signed then immediately joined the team, that would put him 19 at the time. I gotta think if he signed earlier, he’d play pro ball during his 18 season... so, with 2018 being his 4th rule 5 draft, he’ll need to be added to the 40 to protect him.

Thanks, and thanks Bill above.

Btw, Damn near everyone here is smarter than me, Sconnie. But I beat most everyone in “experience.”
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I think that he does.  He signed with the Astros after he had turned 19.  This will be his fourth season in the minors.  As such, I think he is Rule 5 eligible if not added to the 40-man.

 

You are such a show off.:)

 

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    • USAFChief, Blake, Bill Tanner and 1 other like this

It's a bit sad to see two guys who overcame the odds go. Pressly had to spend the entire 2013 season on the roster as a Rule 5 pick, and he was able to stick around and he's improved in leaps and bounds. Escobar was considered the equivalent of a bag of baseballs when he was acquired. They'll go down as two success stories from the second Terry Ryan era that didn't have enough success stories. 

 

Here's hoping that Pressly can find his groove and dominate for the Astros in the playoffs. I'd love to see him shut down the Yankees/Red Sox in a late game situation - when Pressly is hot, nobody hits off of him. Hopefully Houston will utilize him better than Molitor has.

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I don’t believe I am smarter than you Chief, but i’ll Take a stab...

His first season was 2015, his birthday is July 1995, so assuming he signed then immediately joined the team, that would put him 19 at the time. I gotta think if he signed earlier, he’d play pro ball during his 18 season... so, with 2018 being his 4th rule 5 draft, he’ll need to be added to the 40 to protect him.

 

His birthday is in 6 minutes or Today on the East coast. 

 

I wonder if he likes his birthday present of a trade to Chattanooga. 

 

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with about 10 teams with a better record in the AL, might be the sane move.No?

 

This is such lame logic. The Astros will be good for a long time. The Yankees and Red Sox will always be good. By this logic, we should trade everyone a curl up in a ball in the fetal position. 

    • USAFChief, bluechipper, howieramone2 and 1 other like this

 

Gotta think the FO thought the return was too good to turn down for Pressly, a controllable asset.

 

As mentioned above, gotta believe if Gibby gets moved then that tells you how the front office thinks about next year. But I'd also add that that means they probably aren't putting too much stock into Buxton and Sano ever become decent players.

 

 

I think relievers may be viewed by the FO as more fungible than starters. I’m not yet convinced they’ll deal Gibby.

Dozier on the other hand...

 

Question is, what contenders still are looking for a 2B like Dozier?D-Backs and Milwaukee both solved their keystone corner issues today.Who does that leave...Boston maybe?Not going to get much of a return, I suspect.

 

Doesn't really help that Dozier has played poorly out of the break. 

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I, for one, am glad to see the Twins sell high on a controllable asset (esp. a bullpen piece). What's the old saying: better to sell to early than too late.

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Pressly never became that dependable for the Twins.The one thing I will put on the F.O. again is the fact we have 6 starters on the roster, WHY? we could have used Moya tonight!Over using Belisle I blame on Molitor.  

Does this not leave us 2 open spots on the 40 man roster? If so I'd like to see Nick Anderson get a shot in the Bull-Pen. 

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pierre75275
Jul 28 2018 02:43 AM

I'mthinking NONE of the guys need to be put on the 40-man roster. And the chances of any of them being grabbed in a Rule 5 draft are pretty slim at this point, if any of them do need to be grabbed.

Pressly has shown a flair in his work for the Twins. Like Jesse Crain years earlier, he had closer written all over him, although, like Crain, it may never pan out in the long run.

One thing we know. 51 appearances. Molitor will now have to find someone else to overwork.

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pierre75275
Jul 28 2018 02:44 AM
There is always Matt Belisle
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Coming to the Twins as being touted pitching experts.... the FO tandem has missed horribly. Not just the pitchers on the big league team they added, but the most glaring was Dereck Rodriquiz, letting him go in November FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Since debuting May 29th with the Giants, he is 5-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 59 innings. What a whiff. I have no faith in their supposed expertise of pitcher identification. We sure could have used some of that. But hey, if he had not been just granted free agency, he would probably never had the opportunity. And then they added Belisle. That says it all.

 

Pressly should enjoy pitching for a team like Houston.

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Wow! Who's next? :)


I dunno. Let's just hope "we don't get fooled again."
    • USAFChief, adorduan, Rigby and 3 others like this

Someone smarter than me: does Alcala need to be on the 40 man next year?

Roster Resource also says yes, Alcala will be Rule 5 eligible this winter:

https://www.rosterre...innesota-twins/

Celestino will be Rule 5 eligible the following winter (so, after 2019).

Edit to add: from the other trade, the pitcher Duran is also Rule 5 eligible after next season (2019); the two outfielders after 2020.
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Fixed

 

Pressly never became that dependable for the Twins.The one thing I will put on the F.O. again is the fact we have 6 starters on the roster, WHY? we could have used Moya tonight!Over Using Belisle I blame on Molitor.  

 

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Actually, I think once we get rid of Rodney, Gibson, Lynn, Santana, Duke, etc.Belisle will actually have the role he was originally brought in for...there will be so many young guys that Belisle can mentor that he will finally live up to his value.  

 

And FWIW, I do think its an important role.Young guys do need some help with routine, preparation, getting through life on the road, etc.I just wish we could find someone that can also be useful in a game.  

    • Hosken Bombo Disco likes this

Question is, what contenders still are looking for a 2B like Dozier? D-Backs and Milwaukee both solved their keystone corner issues today. Who does that leave...Boston maybe? Not going to get much of a return, I suspect.

Doesn't really help that Dozier has played poorly out of the break.

Boston or Colorado, I guess. Correct, not much of a market left. To get much for Dozier, Brewers needed to be still in the mix
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diehardtwinsfan
Jul 28 2018 06:30 AM

I remember the angst when we took Pressley as a rule V candidate... looks like it turned out pretty well. Not sure I'm happy with the idea of punting on 2019, if that's what this is, but I do like the return...

 

But since we are officially sellers, can we cut Belisle and bring up another AAA reliever?

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