Kyle Tucker
22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Houston Astros AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Astros in June of 2015 that includes a $4 million signing bonus.
Optioned to minors
OFHouston Astros  AAA
March 12, 2019
Tucker was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Tucker had only an outside shot at a spot on the Opening Day roster. He'll wind up joining minor-league camp more than two weeks before the start of the season. The young outfielder doesn't have a lot left to prove in the minors, having hit .332/.400/.590 in 100 Triple-A games last season, so it may not be long before he's back in the big leagues.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+220%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+220%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .988 15 4 0 0 1 .364 .533 .455
Since 2016vs Right .309 57 6 0 4 0 .094 .158 .151
2018vs Left .988 15 4 0 0 1 .364 .533 .455
2018vs Right .309 57 6 0 4 0 .094 .158 .151
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .390 43 7 0 2 1 .132 .233 .158
Since 2016Away .511 29 3 0 2 0 .154 .241 .269
2018Home .390 43 7 0 2 1 .132 .233 .158
2018Away .511 29 3 0 2 0 .154 .241 .269
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.46
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
18.1%
 
BABIP
.176
 
ISO
.063
 
AVG
.141
 
OBP
.236
 
SLG
.203
 
OPS
.439
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
2016
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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No power show this spring
OFHouston Astros  AAA
March 4, 2019
Tucker went 0-for-2 on Sunday against the Nationals and is hitting .333 (5-for-15) with one extra base hit, three RBI and five strikeouts over five spring games.
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Likely to open 2019 at Triple-A
OFHouston Astros  AAA
December 19, 2018
Tucker is expected to begin the 2019 campaign at Triple-A Round Rock after the Astros signed outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million contract Monday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports.
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Won't join team for playoffs
OFHouston Astros  AAA
September 30, 2018
Manager A.J. Hinch informed Tucker on Sunday that he wouldn't be included on the Astros' American League Division Series roster, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Named org's player of year
OFHouston Astros  AAA
September 21, 2018
Tucker was named the Minor League Player of the Year for the Astros organization, Reid Laymance of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Recalled by Astros
OFHouston Astros  AAA
September 16, 2018
Tucker was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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