Kyle Tucker
Kyle Tucker
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Houston Astros
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Astros stuck by Josh Reddick throughout the 2019 season, much to the chagrin of Tucker's fantasy owners. He did finally get some run in September and enjoyed his first taste of big-league success, and even earned a spot on the postseason roster through the World Series. On account of being stuck at Triple-A and accumulating 536 PA with Round Rock, Tucker put up a 30-30 season, leading the PCL in stolen bases. He walked at an 11.2% clip while striking out 21.6% of the time. The latter number jumped to 27.8% against big-league arms and it is a long, unconventional swing, but the batted-ball numbers were excellent and his track record suggests he will be able to make enough contact. The big question is: how much will he run? Houston as a club stole 67 bases all year (17th in total attempts), though Tucker was active on the basepaths and it's possible the Astros run more under a new manager. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $568,700 contract with the Astros in March of 2020.
Launches two-run homer
OFHouston Astros
August 5, 2020
Tucker went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Wednesday's 14-7 loss to the Diamondbacks.
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Tucker extended the Astros' lead to 3-0 with his second-inning blast versus Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray. The 23-year-old Tucker is slashing .237/.293/395 with eight RBI and nine runs scored through 10 games. His homer Wednesday was his first of the season. Expect Tucker to see playing time in left field until Michael Brantley (quadriceps) can return to defensive duties.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+70%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+95%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+220%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .905 57 9 2 10 4 .327 .386 .519
Since 2018vs Right .533 132 25 3 13 4 .157 .227 .306
2020vs Left .929 14 1 1 5 0 .357 .357 .571
2020vs Right .476 31 8 0 3 2 .143 .226 .250
2019vs Left .840 28 4 1 5 3 .296 .321 .519
2019vs Right .868 44 11 3 6 2 .250 .318 .550
2018vs Left .988 15 4 0 0 1 .364 .533 .455
2018vs Right .309 57 6 0 4 0 .094 .158 .151
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .584 93 17 1 9 3 .198 .258 .326
Since 2018Away .705 96 17 4 14 5 .218 .292 .414
2020Home .548 17 4 0 1 1 .188 .235 .313
2020Away .670 28 5 1 7 1 .231 .286 .385
2019Home .834 33 6 1 6 1 .281 .303 .531
2019Away .876 39 9 3 5 4 .257 .333 .543
2018Home .390 43 7 0 2 1 .132 .233 .158
2018Away .511 29 3 0 2 0 .154 .241 .269
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Stat Review
How does Kyle 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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.25
 
BB Rate
6.7%
 
K Rate
26.7%
 
BABIP
.276
 
ISO
.143
 
AVG
.214
 
OBP
.267
 
SLG
.357
 
OPS
.624
 
wOBA
.267
 
Exit Velocity
86.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
50.0%
 
Barrels/PA
12.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Tucker was the second-youngest player and third-best hitter (155 wRC+) in the Pacific Coast League. He had three short stints in the big leagues (MLB debut on July 7) but never got going at the dish. In the 28 Triple-A games (including PCL playoffs) that followed his MLB debut, he hit .388/.463/.750 with 12 home runs and eight steals, so it is safe to say he has nothing to prove at that level. Tucker has plus power and should have no trouble hitting 20-plus homers once he is playing every day. His stolen-base totals oversell his pure speed, but he has good instincts on the bases and should be a double-digit contributor there as well. His batted-ball profile at Triple-A was ideal (35.8 GB%), and while he may not be a .300 hitter, he will do a lot of damage as a .270 or .280 hitter. To manipulate his service time to maximize their years of control, the Astros would need to hold Tucker down until mid-May, which would be disingenuous, but also can't be ruled out.
Reasonable minds could disagree about whether power, speed or batting average will be Tucker's most valuable fantasy contribution, and that's the selling point. He's good at everything. In 2016 he stole 32 bases on 44 tries. He only stole 21 bags last year, but launched 25 homers across stops at High-A and Double-A, putting an end to the "will he hit for power" debate. A .286 BABIP suppressed his Texas League batting average, but his hit tool has the potential to be special -- his swing receives Ted Williams comps. Tucker has been unduly pull happy (49.1 percent pull rate at Double-A) for a prospect with the raw talent to compete for batting titles. His newfound over-the-fence power may have momentarily compromised his approach, but with more upper-level instruction, he should eventually display an all-fields approach. He is the Astros' best hitting prospect since Alex Bregman and capable of playing all three outfield spots, so while the big-league roster is crowded, the velvet rope will be lifted when he's ready to join the mix this summer.
Drafted fifth overall in 2015, Tucker spent much of last season with Low-A Quad Cities but reached the High-A level for the final 16 games of his age-19 campaign. The brother of Preston Tucker (also in the Astros organization), Kyle didn't miss a beat following the promotion. In fact, he surged at the dish, going 20-for-59 (.339 average) with 11 extra-base hits and a 10:6 BB:K with Lancaster. Not only does Tucker demonstrate an advanced approach and discerning eye for his age, he has plus speed and there's plenty of room for power growth as he fills out his 6-foot-4 frame. He is already a top-20 prospect for fantasy purposes and he has the skill set to rise quickly through the system, so Tucker should be treated as a hot commodity in any long-term keeper league with minor league roster spots.
Tucker, the fifth overall pick of the 2015 draft, joined the same organization as his older brother Preston when the Astros selected him last June. One of the top hitting prospects in the 2015 class, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound outfielder struggled in rookie ball, hitting only .246/.294/.353 in 63 games between the Gulf Coast League and Greeneville Astros. He did help Greeneville win the Appalachian League title, however, alongside 37th overall pick Daz Cameron.
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Records two hits
OFHouston Astros
August 5, 2020
Tucker went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.
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Drives in four in win
OFHouston Astros
July 31, 2020
Tucker went 3-for-5 with four RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Friday's 9-6 win over the Angels.
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Leading off with Springer out
OFHouston Astros
July 29, 2020
Tucker is leading off and starting in left field Wednesday against the Dodgers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Starts against righty
OFHouston Astros
July 29, 2020
Tucker started as the designated hitter and went 0-for-2 before being pinch hit for in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Dodgers.
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Scores twice, steals base
OFHouston Astros
July 27, 2020
Tucker went 0-for-3 with a stolen base, two runs scored and a walk in Monday's 8-5 win over the Mariners.
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