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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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I think Berardino's source is correct, Alcala won't be Rule 5 eligible until next year. From the Cub Reporter:

https://www.thecubre...xport/html/3517

RULE 5 DRAFT ELIGIBILITY

1. A minor league player who was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract is eligible for selection starting with the 5th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season, and a minor league player who was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract becomes eligible for selection starting with the 4th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season.

2. If a player signs his first contract after the conclusion of the season of the MLB or minor league club to which he is first assigned (even if he signs prior to the Rule 5 Draft), the next season is considered to be the player's "first qualified season" for Rule 5 eligibility purposes. (Depending on the minor league, the conclusion of a minor league club's season could be as early as the first week of August, or as late as the second week of September).


So while Alcala signed at age 19, he was only 18 on the preceding June 5th (his birthday is July 28 -- happy birthday, by the way!). And he signed after the conclusion on the 2014 season, so 2015 was his first qualifying season and this 2019 will be his 5th Rule 5 draft.
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Like this trade more than Escobar. I know Pressley's had good numbers but I don't trust him to keep those k-numbers up.

 

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. 

 

Not quite.You just got to get the team in a position to be better than the Astros and the Yankees and the Red Sox and the Indians next season. And to do that the Twins need: a. 2 SPs better than Berrio, b. 2 RPs better than Rodney, plus c. at least one RH power bat and better 2.Plenty of time to shed the bottom of the rotation and middle of the bullpen pieces, and the upcoming free agents, load with prospects and go get what you need this off-season.

 

That's planning and targeted asset divestiture and acquisition.Not curling in the fetal position.The TR years is a proof that half-assing it an living on a prayer never works.Enough with that.

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Dozier and/or Duke to Boston when the series is done?

May as well trade them now since their already there.

 

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

 

Oh, hearing Giants now too.So that may help the bidding.

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Dozier and/or Duke to Boston when the series is done?

 

More likely Duke.Sounds like Boston isn't actively pursuing Dozier at the moment.But maybe the Giants or Indians. 

 

I was caught off guard by this trade. I knew teams were interested, but I thought the Twins would hang on since he is under control for another season.

 

However, I was incorrect. 

 

I trust the front office did their homework. The Twins got two of the Astros' top 20 prospects, which is saying something given that the Astros organization is absolutely stacked from top to bottom. 

 

I hate to see them trade a viable bullpen arm for 2019, but I also can't fault them given the quality of the return.

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yarnivek1972
Jul 28 2018 03:09 PM

Not quite. You just got to get the team in a position to be better than the Astros and the Yankees and the Red Sox and the Indians next season. And to do that the Twins need: a. 2 SPs better than Berrio, b. 2 RPs better than Rodney, plus c. at least one RH power bat and better 2. Plenty of time to shed the bottom of the rotation and middle of the bullpen pieces, and the upcoming free agents, load with prospects and go get what you need this off-season.

That's planning and targeted asset divestiture and acquisition. Not curling in the fetal position. The TR years is a proof that half-assing it an living on a prayer never works. Enough with that.



That shouldn’t be difficult.

I’d say they need 7 better than Rodney.

 

 

I love it when the expert guessing stops....

Both better prospects than any of the 3 they got for Escobar in my opinion.I know rankings don't agree w/that, but whatever.Only concern is they've now created another hole for next year.But I suppose they can call up some data and sign the next Addison Reed and Fernando Rodney for next season.My guess is Houston will get Pressly figured out and pitching better than he ever did here.The stuff is there, just needs to be unlocked.  

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Thebigalguy
Jul 29 2018 08:05 AM

Might be good for him, a Texas guy, but not so much for Twins next year. Others can better say what’s in the pipeline, but he came of age this year and could have been groomed to close. Giving the meltdown yesterday, a 4-1 lead becoming a six run loss, I’m giving them another week and then I’m tuning outuntil winter trades. SAD! as a certain Washington man might say. I hope the players we received in return pan out, but that won’t be next year.

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howieramone2
Jul 30 2018 09:20 AM

 

My question is are we punting on next year already? One of our best 2 relievers under control next year, and a guy that loved playing here that we could have resigned. Especially valuable with the struggles of Sano and impending departure of Dozier. I don't understand what we are doing here. And of course the obvious Why is belisle getting innings that the AAA guys deserve? I mean, it's great getting these single A guys that might never pan out as talented as they are, but what about next year?? I'm shaking my head at the 2 guys we dumped today. I'm all for getting rid of Rod, Duke, Dozier, Lynn, Santana.....but how things are moving, Gibby, our #2 starting pitcher is going to be next and I'm really against that. Go into next year with nothing but budget free agents and the AAA roster. Gives a person a lot to look forward to. Glad the farm will have profile to follow

It's called trading high. The core of 4, plus Rosario and Polanco are still alive and kicking.

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howieramone2
Jul 30 2018 09:47 AM

 

Not quite.You just got to get the team in a position to be better than the Astros and the Yankees and the Red Sox and the Indians next season. And to do that the Twins need: a. 2 SPs better than Berrio, b. 2 RPs better than Rodney, plus c. at least one RH power bat and better 2.Plenty of time to shed the bottom of the rotation and middle of the bullpen pieces, and the upcoming free agents, load with prospects and go get what you need this off-season.

 

That's planning and targeted asset divestiture and acquisition.Not curling in the fetal position.The TR years is a proof that half-assing it an living on a prayer never works.Enough with that.

As long as Sano and Buxton don't crap the bed again, we will make the playoffs next season. You may recognize them as TR's guys. I can't help but remember, you wanted to throw the towel in early last season when we were still in first place.


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