In an age when players (even in the majors) are accused by some of being whiners and setting out a game at the mere mention of a torn sock or a hang nail, Pressley has proven himself to be one tough hombre in the lineup.
Last Saturday (May 20) in Arkansas, Pressley was struck in the face by a foul ball before the game as he was standing near the batting cage. He received a quick patch-up on his left cheekbone, and like a real trouper, was in the lineup--and it was a good thing he was, too.
Pressley went 3-for-4 including an RBI single in the ninth inning that turned out to be the go-ahead run that put the Cardinals on top 11-10 in a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Travelers as Springfield scored eight times in the ninth to log the win.
After Saturday's game, Pressley was taken to the hospital to have his injury repaired, but because the staff was so busy, he never got treated. But, just to show all of those nay-sayers who like to claim that baseball players today are a bunch of wimps compared to those of yesterday, Pressley was in the starting lineup on Sunday and hit an RBI double and a home run to help his team on its way to a 6-5 victory.
The durable 6'-6" infielder, who began his 2006 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, was signed by the Cardinals immediately after he was released from the Boston Red Sox organization and assigned to Springfield on May 8. And, according to Texas League officials, he has "terrorized pitchers ever since." For instance, he had at least one RBI in all five games he played last week and a double in all but one.
Pressley played for Wichita in 2005 where he hit a career-high 22 home runs, beating his previous home run high mark by a whopping 13. Pressley, who is a career .282 slugger over nearly 3,000 at bats, was drafted by the Devil Rays in the fourth round of the 1998 amateur draft and according to the Texas League has hit well in every stop he has made.