OXFORD, Miss. – It didn’t take long for Alex Presley to make contribute to the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the former Rebel outfielder got his first hit in his Major League debut Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and men on second and third, Presley came up with a sharp grounder to first and beat the play at the bag to load the bases for the Pirates. Presley was 1-for-2 on the night after making his first plate appearance in the seventh inning.
Presley was called up to the Pirates on Monday and made his debut just two days later when he came up with the hit for the Pittsburgh club.
The left-handed hitter turned in an outstanding season in the minors before being called up by the Pirates, hitting .320 for the year with 12 home runs and 85 RBI. He also tallied 28 doubles, 13 triples and scored 86 runs as he split time with the Altoona Curve (AA) and the Indianapolis Indians (AAA).
Presley was drafted by the Pirates in the eighth round of the 2006 MLB Draft after helping lead the Rebels to the 2006 SEC Tournament Championship and an NCAA Regional and Super Regional appearance.
The outfielder lettered three years with the Rebels from 2004-2006 and helped lead Ole Miss to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and claimed the SEC Western Division in 2005. He hit .320 as a Rebel with a .503 slugging percentage as he scored 119 runs, notched 110 RBI and stole 30 bases.
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