Cole Tucker
23-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Pittsburgh Pirates
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
For the most part, 2018 was a rough year for Tucker at the plate, but he is still relevant for dynasty leagues. After playing 42 games at Double-A in 2017, he returned to that level for his age-21/22 season and was a below-league-average hitter (93 wRC+). However, he still profiles as the Pirates' shortstop of the future, and his plus speed and aggression on the bases would be very valuable if he is able to secure the everyday job. He was the best shortstop in the Arizona Fall League, showcasing high-end defense while hitting .370/.442/.457 with six steals on nine attempts. Despite standing 6-foot-3, Tucker struggles to generate power from his narrow lower half, and does not project to ever be a 20-homer threat. He may only be a .250 or .260 hitter with modest pop, but Tucker's wheels could lead to seasons where he steals 25-plus bases. His plus defense should allow him to overtake Kevin Newman for the job in Pittsburgh sooner than later. Read Past Outlooks
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