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September 17, 2020 06:40 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Sidelined with concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker was placed on the 7-day concussion injured list Thursday.

Tucker saw a fair amount of playing time recently as he started in four of the last five games. However, he'll now be sidelined with a concussion. With just 11 games remaining in the regular season, it's unclear whether Tucker will return to the field in 2020.

September 15, 2020 01:24 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Hits rough patch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker went 0-for-2 with a walk in an 11-0 loss to the Royals on Sunday.

He's hitting .200 (6-for-30) with no extra-base hits or stolen bases in September. Tucker played three innings at shortstop in Sunday's blowout, moving to the infield for the first time in 2020. The 24-year-old averaged 41 stolen bases in the minor leagues in 2017 and 2018, but he's swiped just one bag in 90 MLB contests. He slashed .266/.339/.374 in parts of six minor-league campaigns, but if he doesn't steal then his fantasy value is limited.

September 9, 2020 02:08 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Out vs. righty in second straight
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

In a roundabout way, Tucker has seemingly lost hold of an everyday role following Ke'Bryan Hayes' promotion to the big leagues last week. With Hayes settling in as the Pirates' regular third baseman, Erik Gonzalez has shifted from the hot corner to shortstop, Kevin Newman has shifted from shortstop to second base, and Adam Frazier has moved from the keystone to the outfield. Tucker thus finds himself as the odd man out of the outfield for the second game in a row, with both absences coming against right-handed pitchers. The switch-hitting Tucker should still have a path to playing regularly versus southpaws.

September 8, 2020 02:08 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Sitting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker is not in the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

Tucker had been emerging as the Pirates' primary center fielder, though he's now been on the bench for three of the team's last four games. With a .242/.270/.305 slash line, it's hard to argue he deserves an everyday role. Bryan Reynolds slides to center for this contest, with Adam Frazier moving out to left and Kevin Newman starting at second.

September 5, 2020 02:20 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Not in Saturday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker is not starting Saturday against the Reds.

Tucker hits the bench for the second game in a row. Anthony Alford starts in center field in his place, starting for the fourth time in five games.

September 4, 2020 07:08 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Sitting out Game 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker isn't in the lineup for Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Reds.

Tucker went 1-for-3 with one strikeout in Game 1 of Friday's twin bill, and he'll take a breather for the nightcap. Anthony Alford will start in center field.

September 3, 2020 11:12 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Drives in pair Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker went 2-for-5 with two singles, two RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Cubs.

Tucker picked up his sixth and seventh RBI with a two-run single in the sixth. The 24-year-old is hitting .235/.267/.306 on the campaign and should continue to receive the bulk of the time in center field going forward.

August 28, 2020 05:36 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Held out Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Brewers.

Tucker is in line to see more action in the Pirates' outfield following the trade of Jarrod Dyson, but that won't be the case Friday, as he will be held out after starting four straight games. Jason Martin will enter the lineup in Tucker's place.

August 28, 2020 01:32 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: More opportunity in outfield
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker, who has started eight of the last 11 games, figures to see continued steady playing time following Friday's trade of center fielder Jarrod Dyson.

Tucker is batting .323 in 31 at-bats since Aug. 14. He's looked more comfortable defensively in center field, too. With Dyson dealt to the White Sox, Tucker should get the majority of starts in center, though recent waiver pickup Anthony Alford could also see the occasional start. The team also recalled outfielder Jason Martin on Friday. While Tucker has looked better at the plate recently, he still has just three extra-base hits and one stolen base in 63 total plate appearances.

August 26, 2020 11:52 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Workload picking up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker will start in center field and will bat leadoff Wednesday against the Pirates.

The switch-hitting Tucker will be spelling the lefty-hitting Jarrod Dyson in center field with southpaw Dallas Keuchel on the hill for Chicago, but the 24-year-old may not have to settle for a short-side platoon role much longer. Tucker is slashing .333/.364/.381 over his last eight games and is viewed as a bigger part of the 7-18 Pirates' future than the 36-year-old Dyson, who is playing on an expiring deal and who has struggled mightily this season (.375 OPS in 55 plate appearances).

August 22, 2020 04:40 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Registers three hits Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker went 3-for-4 with two RBI in a 7-2 win over the Brewers on Friday.

He's made 13 starts in the outfield in 2020 and has yet to play in the infield. If that trend continues, his 2021 fantasy value could drop in many leagues. With veteran center fielder Jarrod Dyson (who is on a one-year contract) struggling at the plate, there's a good chance Tucker will see expanded playing time over the last five weeks of play.

August 4, 2020 09:52 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Swats first homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker got the start in center field and hit leadoff Monday, going 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in a 5-4 loss to the Twins.

The 24-year-old led off the game with a homer, his first of the year, but his inexperience in the outfield showed. Tucker misplayed a Max Kepler line drive into a two-run double in the sixth inning. Tucker's hitting .211 (4-for-19) through seven games with a homer and a steal.

July 25, 2020 11:12 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Set to patrol right field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker will make his debut in right field and bat ninth Saturday against the Cardinals.

Guillermo Heredia, who started in right field Friday, will move to center field. The Pirates' first-round pick in 2014, Tucker hit three spring training homers. That improvement, combined with an altered swing path, has led the organization to believe he offers untapped offensive potential. Tucker slashed .211/.266/.311 (in 147 at-bats) in his debut for Pittsburgh last season.

July 23, 2020 02:52 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Clinches roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates recalled Tucker on Thursday.

Tucker was optioned to Triple-A in the spring, but the lack of a minor-league season coupled with the expanded 30-man roster for Opening Day allowed him to stick around with the big club coming out of summer camp. While both Adam Frazier and Kevin Newman are healthy, Tucker is unlikely to pick up more than one or two starts per week, unless the Pirates are willing to cycle him in at designated hitter.

July 21, 2020 12:04 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Plays new positions Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker, who was hitless in two at-bats Monday, made his debut in the outfield against the Indians.

He initially played the fifth inning in right field before moving to center, where he made a highlight-reel catch. The versatility could earn him more playing time and more trips to the plate. Tucker holds a career line of .266/.339/.374 in the minors, but he's swiped 137 bases in parts of six seasons.

July 19, 2020 04:24 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Looks good against Cleveland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker doubled in his lone at-bat against the Indians on Saturday.

The natural shortstop played second base Saturday. General manager Ben Cherington was interviewed during the AT&T SportsNet broadcast and said that he felt Tucker was athletic enough to learn the three outfield positions without affecting his ability to serve as a middle infielder. Tucker hit well during spring training, and Pittsburgh appears to be looking for ways to get his bat into the lineup, especially with Gregory Polanco (illness) out.

June 30, 2020 11:20 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Included in 60-man pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates announced Sunday that Tucker has been included in their initial 60-player pool, Adam Berry of reports.

Pittsburgh had previously optioned Tucker to Triple-A Indianapolis on March 20, but that transaction has now been reversed with MLB having since extended the 60-man roster pool to teams for the 60-game season. While the 23-year-old Tucker could get the opportunity to handle everyday reps at some point in 2020 for the rebuilding Pirates, he'll likely have to initially settle for backup duties in the middle infield behind Adam Frazier and Kevin Newman, the projected starters at second base and shortstop, respectively.

March 20, 2020 06:12 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Opening in minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.

Tucker showed very little in his 56-game debut last season, hitting just .211/.266/.361. He still has something to prove in the minors, as he hasn't managed a wRC+ better than 101 at any stop above High-A.

March 2, 2020 01:32 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Early returns promising
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and his first stolen base of the spring Sunday.

He's off to a nice Grapefruit League start, batting .357 in 14 at-bats while playing stellar defense. Even so, it's unlikely he breaks camp with Pittsburgh barring an injury to starting middle infielders Kevin Newman and Adam Frazier. The 23-year-old switch-hitter slashed .261/.346/.413 with eight homers and 11 steals at Triple-A last season after struggling (.211 in 147 AB) in limited time with the Bucs. He averaged 41 stolen bases in his two most recent minor-league seasons, an area where he eventually could become a fantasy contributor.

February 22, 2020 09:32 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Starting in first spring game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker (knee) is in the lineup for Saturday's spring opener against the Twins.

Tucker was shut down at the end of last season because of his knee injury, but his offseason recovery went as planned and he will take the field in the Pirates' first exhibition game. He will start at shortstop and hit fifth in Saturday's batting order.

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