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Pittsburgh Pirates

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
2%0%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
271.148241
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2019PIT561471631213104000.266.361.211
2020PIT112744121710.172.296.148

Player Updates

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 MLB.com 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.

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 MLB.com 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.

Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Cincinnati1130 .273 .455 .273
vs Mahle (Career)000000
vs RHP100221 .271 .380 .220
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Batting Stats
SeasonTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLGOPS
2020PIT112744121710.148.172.2960.469
2019PIT561471631213104000.211.266.3600.626
Total671742035315114710.201.251.3510.602
More Batting Stats
SeasonTeamG2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2020PIT1110811000
2019PIT561035301112
Total671136112112
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLG
2014R-Gcl Pirates481803948622132638135.267.368.356
2015AFX-West Virginia Power7330046881332251649256.293.322.377
2016AFX-West Virginia156191642124911.262.308.443
2016AFA-Bradenton652693664121125296256.238.312.301
2017AA-Altoona Curve421672543452182131113.258.349.377
2017AFA-Bradenton Marauders68277467915643234703612.285.364.426
2018AAX-Altoona Curve13351777134217544551043512.259.333.356
2019AAA-Indianapolis Indians7731051811548283873113.261.346.413
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/205
Birthdate:
7/3/1996
Age:
24
Hometown:
Phoenix, AZ
Bats/Throws:
S/R
Team:
Pittsburgh Pirates
College:

MLB Experience:
2