I have been holding off on writing this for a while because I really did not think the Pirates needed a player like Alex Presley. He is a left handed hitter, who can essentially play every outfield position. He basically is Xavier Paul.
However, after seeing the Pirates continuing to trot out Matt Diaz and Garrett Jones, I now believe it is time to give Presley a shot (or on Twitter, #FreeAlexPresley).
Alex Presley went 1 for 4 today for the Indianapolis Indians and is currently hitting .342 with a .391 OBP and a .523 SLG in 63 games for the Tribe. He has 8 homers and has stolen 14 bases in 16 attempts. At 26 years old, Presley really seems to be entering his prime.
Matt Diaz, who was signed to platoon with Jones against LHP this season is not getting the job done right now. Against LHP, Diaz is hitting .226/.268/.245 in 53 AB. Jones, who started off the season hitting, has since fallen off a cliff and has seen his line drop to .243/.347/.419. He belongs on a ML team, just not as an every day player.
I don’t think the Pirates should move Diaz or Jones to make room for Presley. 1st off, I am still holding off some hope that Diaz can turn things around and start doing what his track record has shown: that he is at least competent against LHP. 2nd, even with the awful splits, without Diaz, the Pirates bench would become very, very left-handed, which in certain pinch-hitting situations can be very bad.
The one player who should be moved to make room for Presley is infielder Pedro Ciriaco. Having him on the roster is literally pointless. He’s played 4 games in 3 weeks and has picked up a bat in just 3 of those games. With Wood and Harrison both on the roster, there is no need for Ciriaco.
I don’t have much hope that Presley will be an effective everyday Major Leaguer, but at this point we should at least figure that out. If not, Presley does hold value as being a good 4th outfielder who can play anywhere.
It is time for Alex Presley.