Houston Astros News: Alex Presley to Report to AAA Fresno


Houston Astros outfielder Alex Presley has cleared waivers and will report to the AAA Fresno Grizzlies according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Presley, along with Alex White, was put on waivers on Monday. Had Presley refused a minor league assignment, he would have forfeited his $1 million salary for this season. Presley came to terms with the Astros on that deal back in November 2014, long before the outfield and offense were upgraded with the offseason acquisitions of Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis.

This spring training, Presley found himself looking at a tough competition for the fourth outfielder spot with Jonathan Villar and Robbie Grossman. Presley was outperformed after posting a .206 batting average with two doubles and three RBI in Kissimmee.

He came to Houston after being picked up on waivers in March of last year and appeared in 89 games, batting .244/.281/.346 with six doubles, a triple, six home runs and 19 RBIs. His career batting stats are .259/.299/.395 with 38 doubles, 16 triples, and 23 home runs. The reserve outfielder has played in five major league seasons, starting his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and later being traded to the Minnesota Twins.

Now that he is in Fresno, Presley will presumably be the first call up for the Houston Astros should something happen to one of the outfielders.

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