Tucker started in left field and went 0-for-3 in Sunday's 2-1 win over the White Sox.
Tucker's started both games since being called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday, going 1-for-7 with a run and an RBI. Manager A.J. Hinch said the rookie will play regularly at either corner outfield spot, however, there may be a slight period of adjustment to major-league pitching.
Tucker started in left field Saturday, but will see time at both corner outfield spots and is expected to play every day, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Astros didn't call up Tucker to learn the ropes from the bench. "He's one of the best prospects in baseball," manager A.J. Hinch said, "We did call him up to play regularly." Both Marwin Gonzalez (.662 OPS) and Jake Marisnick (.594) haven't produced, clearing the way for Tucker to get consistent at-bats.
Tucker went 1-for-4 with a walk, RBI and run scored Saturday against the White Sox.
Tucker made his much-anticipated major-league debut and produced both a run scored and RBI, but also struck out three times. While there's no guarantee as to how he will react to major-league pitching, Tucker struck out at only a 19 percent rate in 371 plate appearances at Triple-A Fresno this season. Presumably, he'll remain with the big league club and see regular playing time in left field moving forward.
Tucker was called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
The 21-year-old slashed .306/.371/.520 with 14 home runs, 66 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 80 games for Fresno this year. Since the beginning of June, he's posted a 1.018 OPS. Tucker is pretty solid across the board and has the ability to man all three outfield spots. He should get an extended look during his first trip up to the big leagues. In his place, Jake Marisnick was optioned to Fresno.
Tucker went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run for Triple-A Fresno on Monday, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.
Tucker is hitting .508 (30-for-59) during his 14-game run and belted his 11th home run of the season. While his power numbers are down slightly compared to 2017, Tucker's .908 OPS is right in line with his career trajectory. Results in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League can skew a prospect's projections, and Tucker's .369 BABIP could be viewed as a product of the PCL, but the 21-year-old has hit well at every level before Fresno and his arrival in Houston remains highly anticipated.
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