Houston had two of the first five picks in the 2015 Draft and spent them on guys whom many scouts considered the best hitters in the college and high school classes, Alex Bregman at No. 2 and Tucker at No. 5. The younger brother of former Astros outfielder Preston Tucker, Kyle has breezed through the Minors since signing for $4 million and recorded 20-20 seasons in both 2017 and 2018. He led the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in slugging (.590) and OPS (.989) last year but struggled in his introduction to the big leagues.
Though he has an unorthodox left-handed stroke, Tucker makes it work with exceptional hand-eye coordination and plenty of bat speed. He recognizes pitches well and is rarely fooled, producing consistent hard contact to all fields. He manages the strike zone well and has successfully incorporated more launch angle into his swing since entering pro ball, giving him the potential to hit for high averages with 25 or more homers per season.
If there's a knock on Tucker it's that while he has continued to progress as an offensive force, he has regressed in other areas. He has average speed but doesn't always show it. He spent much of his first four years as a pro in center field, but his lack of instincts and quality route-running worked against him there. He spent more time in 2018 in right field, where he has a solid arm and can be an average defender if he continues to work at it.
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Houston Astros optioned RF Kyle Tucker to Round Rock Express.
Houston Astros recalled RF Kyle Tucker from Fresno Grizzlies.
Houston Astros optioned RF Kyle Tucker to Fresno Grizzlies.
Houston Astros recalled Kyle Tucker from Fresno Grizzlies.
Houston Astros optioned LF Kyle Tucker to Fresno Grizzlies.
Houston Astros selected the contract of Kyle Tucker from Fresno Grizzlies.
RF Kyle Tucker assigned to Fresno Grizzlies from Corpus Christi Hooks.
Houston Astros invited non-roster RF Kyle Tucker to spring training.
Corpus Christi Hooks activated CF Kyle Tucker from the 7-day disabled list.
Corpus Christi Hooks placed RF Kyle Tucker on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 16, 2017.
Corpus Christi Hooks activated RF Kyle Tucker from the temporarily inactive list.
Corpus Christi Hooks placed RF Kyle Tucker on the temporarily inactive list.
RF Kyle Tucker assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Buies Creek Astros.
OF Kyle Tucker assigned to Houston Astros.
Kyle Tucker assigned to Lancaster JetHawks from Quad Cities River Bandits.
Quad Cities River Bandits activated OF Kyle Tucker from the 7-day disabled list.
Quad Cities River Bandits placed OF Kyle Tucker on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 10, 2016.
OF Kyle Tucker assigned to Quad Cities River Bandits from Greeneville Astros.
OF Kyle Tucker assigned to Greeneville Astros from GCL Astros.