The Detroit Tigers have reportedly come to terms on a minor league contract with veteran outfielder Alex Prelsey, bringing him back to the organization for a second go-round.
Alex Presley signed a minor league deal with @tigers that includes a big league invite. Played three games for Detroit last August.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) December 19, 2016
Presley played in just three games for the big league club in Detroit but was picked up midway through the season after playing in 47 games with the Brewers. In those combined 50 games, he hit under .200 with a .558 OPS in just 121 official at-bats. Presley did however hit over .300 with an OPS of .853 in 52 minor league games with three different teams.
For his career, Presley posts a .253/.295/.382 slash line in 379 total games played with five different major league clubs. The 31-year-old, who was an 8th-round pick of the Pirates back in 2010, has also shown defensive versatility to add value. He’s played every outfield position in his 320 games played in the field, 203 of which were in left field. Overall, it’s good for a career .989 fielding percentage.
Presley will indeed get an invite to spring training come March, for a chance to compete with likes of Anthony Gose and Tyler Collins for a bench spot at the worst on the major league roster come Opening Day. He certainly becomes a candidate for the center field job.