Cole Tucker
22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
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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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2019.
Makes splashy debut
SSPittsburgh Pirates
April 20, 2019
Tucker went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Giants.
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His fifth-inning shot off Derek Holland ended up effectively being a walkoff homer when the game was called due to rain before the sixth inning was completed. Tucker hit leadoff in his MLB debut, and while he might not keep that spot in the lineup once the Bucs' battered outfield gets healthy, the 22-year-old has a top-of-the-order skill set, posting a .415 on-base percentage and five steals in six attempts in 13 games at Triple-A before his promotion.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2018
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2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left 1.250 4 1 1 2 0 .250 .250 1.000
Since 2017vs Right 1.000 3 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667
2019vs Left 1.250 4 1 1 2 0 .250 .250 1.000
2019vs Right 1.000 3 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2018
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2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home 1.143 7 2 1 2 0 .286 .286 .857
Since 2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 1.143 7 2 1 2 0 .286 .286 .857
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Cole Tucker compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
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BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
42.9%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.571
 
AVG
.286
 
OBP
.286
 
SLG
.857
 
OPS
1.143
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Untimely injuries have prevented Tucker from truly breaking out as a high-end prospect. After missing time in 2015 and 2016 following shoulder surgery, he missed three weeks with a broken thumb and ended the season on the shelf with a broken hand. An athletic 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, scouts keep waiting for Tucker to grow into a bit more over-the-fence power, and that could still click for him at some point in the coming years. For now, his top fantasy-relevant traits are advanced on-base skills (10.8 percent walk rate last year), aggressiveness on the bases and the fact that he has a decent chance to stick at shortstop. Despite finishing with 47 steals (on 62 attempts), Tucker is not a plus runner, so it remains to be seen how long he will continue to ride good reads and aggressive leads to impressive steal totals. It’s safer to assume he will be a 10-to-15 steal threat in the majors, so strides in the power department are critical for him to profile as more than a middle-infield option in standard leagues.
Coming off shoulder surgery, Tucker started his season in May and batted .262/.308/.443 in 67 Low-A plate appearances before an injury to fellow shortstop prospect Kevin Newman gave him a shot with High-A Bradenton. Tucker did not hit well for the Marauders. He posted a .238/.312/.301 line and appeared overmatched. The lack of any semblance of power might be expected, but he only stole five bases (in 11 attempts). He hit .293 with 25 stolen bases in Low-A two seasons ago, so there's still plenty of hope for the 20-year-old. From a fantasy perspective, however, speed appears to be the switch-hitter's primary calling card and he hasn't excelled in that aspect of the game.
The Pirates top pick in 2014, Tucker underwent shoulder surgery on his throwing arm at the end of August and was expected to miss 10-12 months. Prior to getting hurt, the shortstop slashed .293/.322/.377 in 329 PA for Low-A West Virginia, an improvement over his first rookie ball campaign — .267/.368./.356. Tucker, 19, will likely have to watch much of the action in 2016 from the bench, but he’s fortunate to have time on his side. Tucker and Kevin Newman — a shortstop pick first in the 2015 draft — will continue to compete as they progress up the organizational ladder.
One of the youngest players taken in the 2014 draft, Tucker hit .404 in his senior season and played for Team USA against Japan in the 18-and-under World Cup. He is thought to be a better player on the defensive side of the ball, but Tucker will have plenty of time to develop the rest of his talents. Tucker's Gulf Coast League debut showed some of his future skill set. He hit .267/.368/.356 in 217 plate appearances, showing decent batting average ability but with little power. The shortstop also stole 13 bases, an area that might help fantasy owners down the road. The 24th overall pick has little competition as a true shortstop inside the Pittsburgh organization.
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Leading off in big-league debut
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April 20, 2019
Tucker is leading off in his major-league debut Saturday against San Francisco.
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Promotion official
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April 20, 2019
The Pirates recalled Tucker from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.
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Heading to Pittsburgh
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April 20, 2019
The Pirates will recall Tucker from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to Saturday's game against the Giants, Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic reports.
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Off to promising Triple-A start
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April 11, 2019
Tucker went 3-for-5 with his second homer of the season Wednesday for Triple-A Indianapolis.
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Opening season at Triple-A
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March 12, 2019
The Pirates optioned Tucker to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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