Tucker has been fielding groundballs during his workouts at Triple-A Round Rock over the past couple of weeks with the hope of increasing his positional versatility, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Tucker has appeared at first base in two games for Round Rock this season, but has yet to draw a start at the position. The Astros' decision to expose Tucker to first base isn't an indictment of his defense in the outfield. Instead, the 22-year-old's dalliance at the new position is simply a means of improving his chances of landing a role with the big club in the event a Houston infielder misses time due to injury. With a .934 OPS and 21-for-23 success rate on stolen-base attempts for Round Rock, Tucker doesn't have anything left to prove in the minors, but he may not find himself in Houston until rosters expand in September if the Astros' core regulars maintain their health. Tucker is blocked at designated hitter by Yordan Alvarez and in the corner-outfield spots by Josh Reddick and Michael Brantley.
Tucker was named the Player of the Month for May in the Pacific Coast League, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Tucker slugged .741 with 11 home runs and 28 RBI over 108 at-bats during the month for Triple-A Round Rock. This comes after a wretched April when he hit just .165. He's had nearly 700 plate appearances at Triple-A and is positioning himself for a callup. That could happen later this summer, but for now, the Astros are content let him get everyday at bats for the Express.
Tucker is hitting .306/.385/.729 with 10 home runs and six steals (on six attempts) over his last 98 plate appearances for Triple-A Round Rock.
Tucker got off to a really rough start through his first 14 games this season, hitting .106 with 14 strikeouts, but he has really heated up of late. His teammate, Yordan Alvarez, is also on fire, and both players are among the very best prospects to stash in redraft leagues. It is unclear exactly how the Astros will juggle their roster to make room for Tucker and Alvarez, but both are deserving of a promotion.
Tucker was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Tucker had only an outside shot at a spot on the Opening Day roster. He'll wind up joining minor-league camp more than two weeks before the start of the season. The young outfielder doesn't have a lot left to prove in the minors, having hit .332/.400/.590 in 100 Triple-A games last season, so it may not be long before he's back in the big leagues.
Tucker went 0-for-2 on Sunday against the Nationals and is hitting .333 (5-for-15) with one extra base hit, three RBI and five strikeouts over five spring games.
Tucker has been unable to repeat the power show he put on during spring training last year when he launched five home runs and drove in 21 runs, but he's still a well regarded prospect whose .990 OPS at Triple-A Fresno in 2018 indicates he's ready for his next challenge. A brief encounter with major-league pitching did not go well last season (72 plate appearances, .430 OPS), so that may still sit in the mind of manager AJ Hinch. The Astros could keep him down in the minors to get another year of service time out of him while Tony Kemp and Jake Marisnick handle the fourth and fifth outfielder jobs for the first two months of the season.
Tucker is expected to begin the 2019 campaign at Triple-A Round Rock after the Astros signed outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million contract Monday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports.
Though he amassed 24 home runs and 20 stolen bases in just 100 games at Triple-A last season, Tucker fizzled across his three stints at the big-league level, hitting just .141 and reaching base at a .236 clip over 72 plate appearances. The small sample doesn't put much of a damper on Tucker's long-term outlook, but it may have partially factored into the Astros' decision to bring aboard an established outfield option in Brantley. While Brantley's addition creates a temporary roadblock for Tucker, it's more likely the veteran is a long-term threat to corner outfielder Josh Reddick, another lefty hitter like Tucker who struggled mightily in 2018. If Reddick fails to produce against right-handed pitching early on during the upcoming season, the Astros might not hesitate to pull the plug and give Tucker another spin in an everyday role, as the 21-year-old seemingly has little left to prove in the minors at this point.
Manager A.J. Hinch informed Tucker on Sunday that he wouldn't be included on the Astros' American League Division Series roster, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Tucker went 1-for-4 while manning right field Saturday in the second half of the Astros' doubleheader with Orioles, marking just the second start for the outfielder since he was promoted from Triple-A Fresno on Sept. 16. Though he remains one of the top hitting prospects, Tucker scuffled in his MLB debut, managing only nine hits in 62 at-bats. He never had much of a case for a spot on the postseason roster with Marwin Gonzalez, George Springer and Josh Reddick all assured spots in the outfield and reserves Jake Marisnick (defense), Tony Kemp (plate discipline) and Myles Straw (baserunning) all possessing singular skills that might prove more useful off the bench than Tucker's all-around package.
Tucker was named the Minor League Player of the Year for the Astros organization, Reid Laymance of the Houston Chronicle reports.
It's the second straight year that Tucker's earned the award. He hit .332/.400/.590 with 24 home runs at Triple-A Fresno. His introduction to MLB this season wasn't as smooth, but he'll get a chance to earn a starting outfield spot next spring.
Tucker was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The 21-year-old will rejoin the Astros for the last two weeks of the season now that Triple-A Fresno's season is over. Tucker hit an excellent .332/.400/.590 with 24 homers and 20 steals in 100 games for Fresno but hit just .154/.254/.212 in 20 games at the big-league level.
Tucker will return to Houston when rosters expand in September, but only after Triple-A Fresno completes its postseason schedule, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Tucker has torn it up at Fresno since his Aug. 21 demotion from the majors, going 14-for-25 with six home runs and 13 RBI. He's been producing all year in the Pacific Coast League, but his success did not carry over to the majors, where he had a .466 OPS in two brief stints. He'll need to hit like he's at Fresno in order for the Astros to consider him for a postseason roster spot.
Tucker went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, a stolen base and three RBI in Triple-A Fresno's 7-6 win over Salt Lake on Saturday.
After failing to make much of an impression in his second callup to the big leagues earlier this month, Tucker has been unstoppable since returning to Triple-A on Tuesday. In four games with Fresno, Tucker has gone 12-for-19 with six home runs and three steals, with his walkoff ninth-inning blast Saturday capping a five-run rally and securing a division title for Fresno. He'll likely rejoin the big club when rosters expand in September, but Tucker probably won't be asked to fill a full-time role for the Astros, despite his recent success in the Pacific Coast League.
Tucker was optioned to Triple-A Fresno following Monday's game in Seattle, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The move precedes the anticipated activation of Jose Altuve (knee) from the disabled list Tuesday. Tucker, the organization's second-ranked prospect, went 1-for-7 in his second stint with the Astros. He should return when rosters expand Sept. 1.
Tucker started in left field and went 0-for-3 with a run scored in Sunday's 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Mariners.
Tucker ignited an eighth-inning rally when he was hit by a pitch and scored Houston's first run. This was his first start since being called up from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday as a replacement for the injured Jake Marisnick (groin). This is the highly-regarded prospect's second stint with the Astros after he appeared overmatched earlier this summer. If he continues to struggle against major-league pitching, Tucker could be the roster casualty when George Springer (thumb) is ready to be activated from the disabled list, expected to happen by the end of this week.
Tucker was recalled by the Astros on Saturday, Christian Boutwell of MLB.com reports.
Tucker is up to replace Jake Marisnick, who hit the 10-day disabled list with a groin injury. The 21-year-old didn't fare well in his first taste of big-league baseball earlier this year, hitting just .156/.240/.222 in 50 plate appearances, but he's been on fire since his demotion, going 13-for-34 with three homers in eight games.
Tucker is 11-for-28 (.393 average) with two home runs, two steals and nine strikeouts in six games since being optioned to Triple-A Fresno.
He has really heated up over the past couple days, with six hits, including two home runs, over the past two games (11 at-bats). While this is nice to see, it's not surprising, as he had essentially mastered the level prior to being promoted to the majors a month ago. The recent barrage of strikeouts is a bit concerning -- perhaps he is trying too hard to hit his way back to the big leagues. He is on the 40-man roster, so he should return in September, at the latest, and could be back up before then if he continues to swing a hot bat.
Tucker was sent back down to Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, Jake Kaplan of MLB.com reports.
Tucker had only recorded 10 at-bats during Houston's past eight games, so he will return to the minor leagues in order to receive everyday playing time. After being called up in early July, he hit .156/.240/.222 with three RBI and understandably couldn't get into a groove with irregular playing time. Look for him to rejoin the Astros when rosters expand in September, if not before then. In a corresponding move, Jake Marisnick was recalled from Fresno.
Tucker entered Tuesday's game after George Springer was removed due to a shoulder injury. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a 5-2 win over the Mariners.
Starting left fielder Tony Kemp slid over to center field to take Springer's spot, while Tucker came in to play left field. Tucker has seen his playing time dry up significantly since his callup, having started twice in the last 10 days, but could get a start in Wednesday's series finale against the Mariners. Over 50 plate appearances, Tucker is hitting .156 with a .462 OPS.
Tucker is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
Tucker is on the bench for the fourth time in six games after Saturday's 0-for-3 showing dropped his batting average to .143 through his first 46 plate appearances in the big leagues. A .188 BABIP has certainly hindered Tucker, but the 21-year-old may need to pick up the pace offensively in his subsequent opportunities to avoid a demotion to Triple-A Fresno.
Tucker is out of the lineup against Texas on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Manager A.J. Hinch will trot out an outfield of Tony Kemp, George Springer and Josh Reddick for the series opener against Yovani Gallardo. Across 14 games with the big-league team, Tucker is hitting just .154/.233/.231 with two extra-base hits and three RBI.
Tucker hit a pinch-hit, two-run triple in Tuesday's 8-2 extra-inning win over the Rockies.
Tucker jumped on the first pitch he saw, lacing the first triple of his career to right-center field to break open a close game in the top of the 10th inning. The RBI were his first in 12 games. The rookie entered Tuesday's game hitting .139 (5-for-36) and had started just twice in the last five games as Tony Kemp has been given more opportunities.
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