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Team W-L L10 STRK
95-67 4-6 L4
90-72 7-3 L2
83-79 5-5 W1
71-91 4-6 W2
61-101 4-6 L1

2021 Batting

STATS AVG
Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .222 2 12 .640 2

Top Cole Tucker News

  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Completes rally with grand slam

    Tucker went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, a triple and two total runs scored in Friday's 9-2 win over Cincinnati.

    The 25-year-old solidified Pittsburgh's lead with a grand slam in the eighth inning, accounting for half of the team's runs in the rally. Tucker's two home runs this season have come in the last six games. He's added a .214/.288/.339 slash line with 10 RBI, 14 runs scored, two triples and a pair of stolen bases through 125 plate appearances.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Heads to bench Wednesday

    Tucker is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

    Tucker will take a seat after he started in 10 of the last 11 games while submitting an .846 OPS. The 25-year-old picked up starts at three different positions over that stretch, and his versatility and ability to hit from both sides of the plate should leave him in line to handle a near-everyday role for the remainder of the season.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Opens scoring with leadoff homer

    Tucker went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks and two total runs scored in Sunday's 6-0 win over Philadelphia.

    The 25-year-old's leadoff homer in the first inning was all Pittsburgh needed to win the game, and it was also his first long ball of the year. Tucker drew multiple walks for the first time since Sept. 5. He's slashing just .221/.299/.316 with six RBI, 12 runs scored and a pair of stolen bases in 107 plate appearances, but the utility man has hit safely in seven of his last nine games. In that stretch, he's batting .367 (11-for-30).

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Retreats to bench

    Tucker is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.

    Tucker has seen his playing time tick up of late while serving in a super-utility role for the Pirates. He started at three different positions (shortstop, left field and right field) while cracking the lineup in each of the Pirates' last five games, going 8-for-19 with a triple, double, two walks, a stolen base, four runs and three RBI. Though he'll be on the bench for the series finale, expect Tucker to at least pick up semi-regular playing time while he's wielding a hot bat.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Scores three runs

    Tucker went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and a walk in Sunday's 6-5 loss to Miami.

    Tucker scored a run in the second, seventh and ninth innings and added a double in the fourth. The 25-year-old enjoyed a solid weekend series against Miami, going 6-for-11 (.545) with two extra-base hits in the three-game set. He improved his season slash line to .211/.282/.289 with five extra-base hits through 85 plate appearances.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Remains on bench

    Tucker isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Reds.

    Tucker will be out of the lineup for a third consecutive game after he hit .147 with a double, three runs, a stolen base and three walks across his last 10 appearances. Hoy Park will start at the keystone and bat eighth.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Retreats to bench

    Tucker isn't in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds.

    Tucker has gone 1-for-15 with a double, a run and four strikeouts across his last five appearances, and he'll be out of the lineup for a second straight game. Wilmer Difo will start at the keystone and bat eighth.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: On bench Sunday

    Tucker will be on the bench Sunday against the Nationals.

    Tucker has hit just .163/.265/.209 in 13 games since joining the active roster in late August. Wilmer Difo and Kevin Newman will be the middle infielders for Sunday's series finale.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Day off Tuesday

    Tucker will not start Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

    Tucker sits after starting eight straight games at four different positions. He hit .214/.313/.250 over that stretch.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Notches first steal

    Tucker went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Cubs.

    The 25-year-old showed some speed Friday, leading off the game with an infield single and adding his first stolen base of the year. Tucker has struggled mightily at the plate since he was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, going 3-for-19 in six games. He's started in five straight games, earning nods at second base, shortstop and right field in that stretch.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Productive night at plate

    Tucker went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the White Sox.

    He drove a 94-mph fastball off the left-field wall while batting left-handed for his two-bagger after singling in the team's first run to right field while hitting from the right side. Tucker has failed in his prior big league chances and the remainder of the 2021 season may be his last opportunity to prove himself in a Pirates uniform. The 25-year-old started for just the seventh time this year and batted leadoff for the first time.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Recalled from minors

    The Pirates recalled Tucker from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

    Tucker has had an unremarkable month in Indianapolis, hitting .202 with seven extra-base hits and six RBI in 84 plate appearances since the beginning of August. Manager Derek Shelton said the 24-year-old will likely start in the outfield a couple days a week, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Gregory Polanco was designated for assignment.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Returns to lineup

    Tucker (thumb) is starting Wednesday's game at Triple-A Indianapolis, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Tucker hurt his thumb while attempting to make a diving catch in the outfield July 21, and he'll return to action after missing a week. The 25-year-old has hit .221 with two home runs, 18 runs, 10 RBI and five stolen bases in 34 games at Triple-A Indianapolis this year.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Suffers right thumb injury

    Tucker exited Wednesday's game at Triple-A Indianapolis with a right thumb injury, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

    Tucker attempted to make a diving catch in the outfield Wednesday, but he was shaken up on the play and removed from the contest. It's not yet clear whether the issue will force him to miss additional time.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Optioned to Triple-A

    Tucker was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.

    Tucker joined the major-league roster July 6, and he went 1-for-6 with a strikeout across five appearances. He'll now return to the minors after Phillip Evans (concussion) was reinstated from the injured list Friday.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Recalled from Triple-A

    The Pirates recalled Tucker from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    The infielder went 2-for-15 in his first big-league stint of 2021. He hasn't hit too much better in Indianapolis, where he's posted a .214 average with two homers and 10 RBI in 112 at-bats this season. Tucker and fellow call-up Rodolfo Castro will fill the roster spots of Gregory Polanco (hip) and Phillip Evans (concussion).

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Returns to action at Triple-A

    Tucker (illness) returned to action over the weekend at Triple-A Indianapolis and made three consecutive starts at shortstop, going 1-for-11 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored across those contests.

    Tucker was withheld from the lineup for about a week and a half while he recovered from bronchitis. He appears to have since returned to full strength and should fill an everyday role at Triple-A until the Pirates have another need for an infielder at the big-league level.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Resumes on-field work

    Tucker has been dealing with an illness recently but resumed on-field work Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Tucker was sent to Triple-A Indianapolis on June 6, but he hasn't appeared in a game since June 13 due to a bronchitis-type issue. However, he wasn't placed on the minor-league injured list and is expected to return to game action in the near future.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Sent to minors

    The Pirates optioned Tucker to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.

    Tucker will cede his spot on the 26-man active roster to infielder Colin Moran (groin), who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday's series finale against the Marlins. During his two-week stint with the big club, Tucker made only three starts and appeared in eight games in total, going 2-for-15 at the dish.

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  • Pirates' Cole Tucker: Set for season debut

    Tucker was called up by the Pirates on Friday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic reports.

    Tucker was at least a moderately interesting prospect but has so far failed to accomplish much of anything at the big-league level. In 93 games over parts of the last two seasons, he's hit just .215/.260/.324. A .214/.302/.339 line in 14 games for Triple-A Indianapolis hardly suggests he's turned a corner, but the rebuilding Pirates have little reason not to let him work on his game at the big-league level.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ
Age: 25
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: S, R