Presley Optioned to Triple-A; Meek Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Triple-A Indianapolis prior to the game on Wednesday and recalled righty reliever Evan Meek.

Presley, 26, posted a .220/.246/.551 line over 118 at-bats (34 games) with Pittsburgh this season. The outfielder broke camp with the big league club for the first time in his professional career. After starting the season off hot — .309 average over his first 19 games, Presley has been in a slump. The 26-year-old has been making tweaks at the plate over the past several weeks in order to gain last season’s swing. Presley has gone just 3-for-42 over his last 15 games.

“Alex has got to get back to what has allowed him to be successful a year ago,” General Manager Neal Huntington said on Sunday. “And that was look to drive the pitches that are in his hitting area, command the strike zone and not expand the strike zone. When he does that, he’s a dangerous offensive player. When he gets inside his dome and tries to do too much or just becomes passive, and looks to slap, he’s not the same hitter that he was when he was successful a year ago.”

Meek was optioned on April 30 after posting a 5.59 ERA over nine appearances to start the season in Pittsburgh. He made four scoreless relief appearances while with Triple-A. Meek allowed just two hits over 6.0 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

  • It was a .220/.246/.305 line. .551 was his OPS, not his SLG. His wRC+ of 42 is the seventh lowest among qualified hitters (Barmes is third lowest with 16) so he’s been a detriment thus far. He’s even been caught stealing 4 times with only 3 SB’s.

    I’m fine with letting him figure stuff out in AAA. Hope to see him back up soon.

  • They’re too quick to give up on Presley, yet the Bucs continue to start Barmes and Barajas. Probably because Huntington paid tons of cash for them and doesn’t like to admit his mistakes. However, Huntington’s beloved BABIP stat suggests that Barajas and Barmes are unlucky, just like it did with Akinori Iwamura a couple years ago…

    • They’re not giving up on him….just trying to get his confidence back. Not the first guy to go down after horrendously slumping. I think he’ll be back, stronger than ever.

    • They could start heating up the trade market by offering Barmes. To Japan…

  • salempirate
    May 16, 2012 4:25 pm

    Gawd, how many relief pitchers can one team have? Calling up an OF replacement should be no problem, but the Nats are almost as weak-hitting as the Pirates. Today’s 5-9 lineup might have Bedard as the top hitter of that group[.

    • Your comment about the 5-9 place hitters made me laugh in a painful sort of way. Ugh.

    • I think the rationale is that the Pirates’ bullpen is already short an
      arm because of Lincoln’s spot start on Monday, plus the bullpen pitched
      4+ innings yesterday when Correia couldn’t make it out of the 4th inning.