"It's tougher when you've actually been up there and you're not going back," Presley said. "You don't want to be anywhere else. It's definitely a motivator knowing what you could have or what you're going to have at some point. I'll just move forward to get to where I want to be."
Presley will head to Triple-A Indianapolis to begin the season, and he'll arrive there with some specific goals. Atop that list are plate discipline and making better use of his speed. With the latter, the Pirates specifically want to see Presley more confident in his attempts to steal bases.
"He has speed to impact the game on the bases," general manager Neal Huntington said. "Base stealing is something we definitely have to refine. Just the confidence. He can get the good read. He can get the good jump. There's just a little bit of hesitation that we can work out."
Presley swiped 14 bases last year but was also thrown out nine times. He was successful once in three attempts this spring.
"I just need to get to where I can steal a base at any time," said Presley, who finished 2-for-17 in Grapefruit League play. "The speed is there. It's just a matter of getting it done and finding a way. And I'll just continue to do what I did last year and build off that as much as possible."