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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.

September 25, 2019 04:40 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Done for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker (knee) has been shut down for the remainder of the season, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Tucker apparently picked up a left knee injury earlier in the week; while the issue isn't serious enough to require surgery, it will keep him sidelined for the final five games of the season. The 23-year-old rookie appeared in 56 games with the Pirates this season, slashing .211/.266/.361 with 10 doubles, three triples and two home runs.

September 10, 2019 12:40 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Makes rare start Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker went 1-for-4 with a double against San Francisco on Monday.

The start was just his second in September. Despite swiping 82 bags in his last two minor-league campaigns, he's yet to attempt a stolen base with Pittsburgh. While the 23-year-old figures prominently into the team's future plans, he'll need to improve his offense. Tucker is slashing .200/.265/.320 with two homers in 137 plate appearances.

September 3, 2019 04:32 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Returns to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

Cole returns as part of the Pirates' second wave of callups following the conclusion of Indy's season Monday. The 23-year-old had a fair amount of hype surrounding him when he was called up initially in late April, but he ended up being one of the more notable FAAB flops of the season with a .195/.254/.319 line in 123 plate appearances. He was a below-league-average hitter at Triple-A as well and is unlikely to see regular playing time down the stretch.

August 18, 2019 04:20 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Sent down and called up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday but then recalled to served as the 26th man for the Pirates' Little League Classic game against the Cubs.

He went 0-for-1 with a walk in two pinch-hit appearances during this latest stint in the majors and figures to be sent down after Sunday's game. Tucker should rejoin the Pirates when rosters expand in September.

August 17, 2019 02:28 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Back in majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to Friday's game against the Cubs, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. He is not in the lineup for the first game of this weekend's series.

Tucker notched a pair of hits in each of his last two games at Triple-A, but on the whole his performance since his early-June demotion leaves a lot to be desired. He hit .250/.333/.370 with five home runs and six steals in 54 games for Indianapolis over that span. His stolen-base potential is the top selling point in fantasy, so if it seems like he is going to be playing regularly, he could be a cheap source of steals in deep leagues. If Pittsburgh is willing to move Adam Frazier either to the outfield or into a bench role, then Tucker and Kevin Newman could handle the middle infield down the stretch.

June 8, 2019 02:56 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Optioned to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.

Corey Dickerson (shoulder) and Jung Ho Kang (side) returned from the 10-day injured list Saturday, leaving Tucker as the odd man out. The move isn't completely surprising, as Tucker struggled with a slash line of .196/.244/.321 and a 28.3 percent strikeout rate in 38 games. Kevin Newman has been much more productive to begin the year and should see the majority of the work at shortstop going forward.

June 4, 2019 03:16 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Back in action Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker will start at shortstop and bat seventh Tuesday against Atlanta.

He's off to a rough start offensively (.190/.227/.305) but is hitting .333 in his last 21 at-bats. Tucker has struggled out of the No. 8 spot with a .099 batting average in 71 at-bats, but is hitting .383 (13-for-34) anywhere else in the lineup. The shortstop is slated to hit seventh against Max Fried and the Braves on Tuesday. He's started only three of eight games during his recent hot stretch due to the improved play of fellow infielder Kevin Newman. Newman is set to play third base Tuesday.

May 29, 2019 09:44 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Benched Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

Tucker had started the Pirates' last two games, but that was likely a result of second baseman Adam Frazier being unavailable due to a foot injury. With Frazier cleared to start in the series finale, Kevin Newman will shift over to the other middle-infield spot, leaving no room for Tucker. The rookie is hitting a woeful .097/.138/.161 in May and could soon be headed back to the minors.

May 26, 2019 10:28 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Heads to bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.

Tucker will hit the bench for the third time in five games while Kevin Newman steps in as the Pirates' starting shortstop. Though 18 games in May, Tucker has gone 5-for-52 (.096 average) while striking out in 28.6 percent of his plate appearances. The 22-year-old's recent downturn in playing time could be a precursor to an eventual demotion to Triple-A Indianapolis.

May 23, 2019 12:28 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Sitting in second straight
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rockies, Adam Berry of reports.

The rookie will head to the bench for the second straight day, affording Kevin Newman another turn at shortstop. Tucker is hitting an anemic .091/.149/.159 through 16 games in May, and the back-to-back benchings could signal that the Pirates are preparing to pull the plug on him as an everyday player.

May 22, 2019 05:40 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Out of Wednesday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies.

Tucker's glove is ready for the majors, but his bat might not be. He is hitting .091 with a 31.3 percent strikeout rate in 44 at-bats this month. Kevin Newman will start at shortstop and hit eighth.

May 18, 2019 06:52 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Not starting Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker is not in the lineup Saturday against the Padres.

The rookie's .178/.231/.301 line through 24 games may not be enough to keep him in the lineup on a regular basis, as he sits for the second time in three games. Kevin Newman starts again at shortstop.

May 16, 2019 06:56 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Not in lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker is not in the lineup Thursday against the Padres.

Tucker has started all but two games this month, going just 3-for-33 (.091) with a homer and 11 strikeouts during that stretch. Kevin Newman is starting at shortstop and hitting eighth in this one.

May 15, 2019 11:36 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Goes deep in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 6-2 victory against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

The homer was a feel-good moment for Tucker, who is from the Phoenix area and was playing in front of his family. This was Tucker's first home run and RBI since his debut April 20. Unfortunately, he's largely struggled since then, and he's hitting just .100 in May. But the Pirates don't have a whole lot of other options at shortstop, so Tucker will probably keep seeing playing time. He's hitting .182 with five extra-base hits, four RBI and seven runs in 66 at-bats.

May 11, 2019 11:48 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Held out Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

Tucker had started all but one game since making his big-league debut April 20, but he will sit for the second time Saturday. Since homering and knocking in two runs in his first MLB game, Tucker has not registered another tally in either category and has just 10 hits over 17 games. Kevin Newman will start at shortstop in Tucker's place.

May 10, 2019 11:40 AM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Downward trend continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker went 0-for-2 against St. Louis on Thursday, dropping his batting average to .189 in 53 at-bats.

He holds a 3:19 BB:K and has looked overmatched at the plate. Tucker has provided stellar defense, but the team needs at least a modicum of offense for him to continue seeing playing time. With Kevin Newman playing well over the last week, the Pirates wouldn't surprise us if they move Tucker to the the bench more frequently or even back to Triple-A Indianapolis. He still has a bright future, but he's mostly struggled since hitting a home run in his MLB debut.

May 7, 2019 03:04 PM
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Gets day off
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tucker isn't in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Rangers.

Tucker has been scuffling at the plate over his past four games (1-for-12), so he'll get the day off. Kevin Newman enters the lineup at shortstop and will hit eighth in Tucker's stead.

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