Pittsburgh Pirates Recall Alex Presley From Triple-A

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Just one day after his MLB debut, Phil Irwin has been sent back to Triple-A Indianapolis and the Pittsburgh Pirates have called outfielder Alex Presley up to the major league club.

The Pirates had been playing with a short bench because they were carrying an extra pitcher (Irwin) on the roster. In his one start he made for the Pirates on Sunday, Irwin only went 4.2 innings while allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks. The four free passes Irwin allowed were the most he has ever allowed in his professional career, with his previous high being three.

Presley should be no stranger to the Pirates’ faithful, as he has played in parts of three seasons in the major leagues for the Pirates. In those three seasons, he has hit for a .260/.302/.423 slash line. In 2012, however, his batting average took a severe fall from his 2011 .298 average to .237. Presley has hit 14 home runs and stolen 19 bases in his career, with 10 of those home runs and nine of the stolen bases coming in 2012.

Presley is a very fast player, but his base-running success doesn’t show that. He has stolen 19 bases, but he also has been caught 11 times.

While playing for Indianapolis (Pirates’ Triple-A team), Presley has hit .357 with one home run, six runs scored, and two doubles in just seven games. Presley was drafted by the Pirates in the eighth round of the 2006 amateur draft. The 27-year-old left-fielder made his major league debut in 2010.