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Back in 2014, Cole Tucker was a bit of a surprise first-round pick out of Mountain Pointe High School in Arizona and he became one of four Mountain Pointe products to make it to the big leagues when he debuted with the Pirates in 2019. His younger brother, Carson, hopes to join them, and though he’s a different player and personality than his older brother, he was enjoying a similar rise up Draft boards thanks to a very strong early spring.
While more reserved than Cole, Carson has the chance to join his brother as a big league caliber shortstop. At the plate, the right-handed hitter displays excellent bat control and bat speed over power, though he showed added strength this season. He’s often content to push the ball the other way and to the right-center field gap, though the ball does jump off his bat. He began showing he can turn on balls and drive them to his pull side more consistently, helping his profile.
Tucker has the feet and hands to play shortstop long-term, even though he’s an average runner. He has average arm strength, though his throws have good carry and he shows the ability to change arm action and slots as is needed for the premium position. Showing more consistency on the defensive side, along with the aforementioned gains at the bat, are why Tucker’s stock took a leap forward this spring, making a stronger case for a team to sign him away from his commitment to the University of Texas.
The Tuckers became the 12th tandem of brothers selected in the first round when the Indians made Carson the 23rd overall pick in June, six years after the Pirates took Cole at No. 24. The siblings were both Arizona prep shortstops who played their way into the first round with strong senior seasons at Mountain Pointe High (Phoenix). Carson gave up a Texas scholarship to sign for a below-slot $2 million.
A right-handed hitter, Tucker has good feel for the barrel and makes regular contact to all fields. While he'll always be a hit-over-power guy, he has gotten stronger and driven the ball more consistently this year. If he adds some loft to his stroke, he could produce 15 or more homers per year.
Tucker also showed much improved speed this spring, clocking plus to plus-plus running times after displaying average speed in the past. He has the quick feet, hands and solid arm strength to remain at shortstop and the versatility to play all over the diamond as needed. He's similar to his brother, with a bit more pop at the same stage of their careers.