Coming off a 2015 season that teased power, Preston Tucker started 2016 with a bang, knocking extra-base hits in each of his first five games before regression lowered the boom and sunk his stat line. He hit just .140/.206/.248 in 131 plate appearances the rest of the way, and though Tucker hit well in the PCL during an early-summer vacation to the bush leagues, his bat disappeared again upon his recall to the majors and a subsequent demotion sealed his fate without so much as a September callup. Tucker, who is expected to be ready for the start of spring training following shoulder surgery, will hit the reset button and get back to work for 2017, and though his upside is that of a power bat in need of a platoon partner, his solid performance in the minors suggests that he can still bring some value to both the Astros and to fantasy teams, though opportunities could be hard to come by in a Houston organization that is stacked with hitting prospects.
Tucker (shoulder) went 0-for-2 with a walk in a minor league spring game on Monday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. It was Tucker's first appearance of spring after spending all offseason rehabbing from shoulder surgery. The Astros have taken it slow with him until this point, and it doesn't seem like they'll rush him now, seeing as the 26-year-old is in line to start the season at Triple-A Fresno.
Tucker (shoulder) is slated for his first at-bats of the spring in minor league games this week, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros have taken it slowly with Tucker who spent the entire offseason rehabbing from September shoulder surgery. The delay caused by his shoulder puts Tucker in line to begin the season in the minors, though with Houston's well-stocked outfield, even a healthy Tucker would have started at Triple-A Fresno.
Tucker (shoulder) is scheduled to take live batting practice Monday, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports. It's a step in the right direction for Tucker, but there's no indication that he's on the cusp of making his Grapefruit League debut. Even if Tucker is back to full strength by the end of the spring, he seems bound for Triple-A Fresno to begin the 2017 season.
Tucker (shoulder) was able to hit on the field Sunday, but he isn't ready to play in Grapefruit League games yet, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. While the hitting session is a positive sign for Tucker, his slow recovery from September shoulder surgery puts his status for Opening Day in some peril. Even if he entered the spring at full health, Tucker would be hard-pressed to win an outfield job, as the offseason additions of Nori Aoki, Josh Reddick and Carlos Beltran have pushed him down the depth chart.
Tucker (shoulder) was medically cleared for baseball work earlier this month, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. He's still recovering from September shoulder surgery. Tucker has been throwing for a couple of weeks and hit off a tee earlier this week. The club expects him to play spring games sometime in March. As long as the starting outfield is healthy, he'll likely to start the year at Triple-A Fresno. He posted a .164/.222/.328 line with four home runs and eight RBI in 134 at-bats with the Astros last season.