Kyle Tucker was called up from Triple-A Fresno and will play left field in his Major League debut today, batting seventh. In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned the struggling Jake Marisnick to Fresno.
Tucker was slashing .306/.371/.520 at Fresno, with 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 80 games. I’m no expert in math, but that’s at least a 28/28 pace, no? The 21-year-old clearly offers some upside for those who are in need.
Tucker was the No. 5 pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, and it appears his power/speed combination is now relevant in fantasy circles. In our preseason Top 100, Tucker was sixth. Here’s what the guys had to say:
“Tucker is a bit underrated in some fantasy circles and it’s probably because he doesn’t possess the loud power and speed tools of the names above him. But make no mistake, he still has both to go along with a bat that can hit .300 in his prime. Last season he finished with 25 home runs and 21 stolen bases and an .874 OPS between High-A and Double-A. Scouts question his load and swing but it’s hard to argue with the results. Tucker still needs a little more seasoning, but since he is blessed with one of the best hit tools in the minors he should remain a top 10 prospect until he debuts.”
Add away, gamers!