Kyle Tucker

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Kyle Tucker
Houston Astros – No. 3
Outfielder
Born: (1997-01-17) January 17, 1997 (age 21)
Tampa, Florida
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 7, 2018, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through September 30, 2018)
Batting average.141
Home runs0
Runs batted in4
Teams

Kyle Daniel Tucker (born January 17, 1997) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Astros chose Tucker with the fifth pick in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft, and he made his MLB debut in 2018.

Career[edit]

Tucker attended Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, and played for their baseball team.[1] Tucker appeared in Perfect Game's All American Classic.[2] Tucker was named Florida's Gatorade Player of the Year.[3][4]

Tucker committed to attend the University of Florida on a college baseball scholarship to play for the Florida Gators,[5] but was expected to be a first round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.[6] The Houston Astros selected him with the fifth overall selection in the draft.[7] He officially signed on June 15.[8] Tucker played for the Greeneville Astros of the Rookie-level Appalachian League.[9] He began the 2016 season with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League,[10] and received a midseason promotion to the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League.[11] Tucker hit for a .285 batting average with nine home runs and 69 RBIs in 2016.[12] Tucker began the 2017 season with the Buies Creek Astros of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, and was promoted to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League in May.[13] He appeared in the 2017 All-Star Futures Game.[14] He finished the season with a combined .274 batting average with 25 home runs and 90 RBIs between Buies Creek and Corpus Christi. After the season, the Astros assigned Tucker to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.[15][16]

Tucker began the 2018 season with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.[17] After he batted .306 in 80 games, the Astros promoted him to the major leagues on July 7.[18]

Personal life[edit]

His older brother, Preston Tucker, is also a professional baseball player.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Plant High baseball phenoms will draw scouts". TBO.com. February 9, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Florida high school sports - Tucker and Chatfield to play in Perfect Game All-American Classic". tampabay.com. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Florida high school sports - Plant's Kyle Tucker named Gatorade Player of the Year for Florida". tampabay.com. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Florida Baseball POY: Kyle Tucker". USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "ALL-USA Watch: Plant's Kyle Tucker following his brother's career arc - USA Today High School Sports - USA Today High School Sports". USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Sports Update: Kyle Tucker 'excited about draft'". Ultimate Astros. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Astros take OF Kyle Tucker with fifth pick of first round". Ultimate Astros. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  8. ^ Jose de Jesus Ortiz on (June 15, 2015). "Astros sign draftee Kyle Tucker". Blog.chron.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Tucker helps Astros even Appy semifinals". MiLB.com. September 4, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  10. ^ Steve Batterson (May 26, 2016). "Education continues for Astros prospect Tucker with River Bandits | Midwest League Baseball". qctimes.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Kaplan, Jake (August 17, 2016). "Astros promote top outfield prospect Kyle Tucker to Class A Lancaster - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  12. ^ "Kyle Tucker Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  13. ^ McTaggart, Brian (January 20, 2016). "Kyle Tucker promoted to Corpus Christi | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "Hooks' Tucker selected for All-Star Futures Game". Caller.com. June 29, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  15. ^ Goodman, Kyra (January 20, 2016). "Astros' Kyle Tucker triples in Fall League win". MLB.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  16. ^ Boor, William (January 20, 2016). "Astros' Kyle Tucker notches three hits in AFL". MLB.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  17. ^ "Tucker continues hot start for Grizzlies". MiLB.com. April 6, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  18. ^ Rome, Chandler. "Astros promote Kyle Tucker; option Jake Marisnick to Triple-A Fresno - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved July 7, 2018.

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