Astros Countdown: Top Five Untouchable Prospects
Although it is harder for pitchers, any player that is drafted right out of high school has a long road ahead of them in the minor league system. Kyle Tucker, the fifth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft has proved that statement wrong.
Tucker started the season at Single-A (Adv) Buies Creek and tore it up. In 48 games, the 20-year-old outfielder hit .288 with a .932 OPS. He had 25 extra base hits, including nine home runs, and drove in 43 RBIs.
By the end of May, Tucker was on his way to Double-A Corpus Christi. Since then he has kept up his torrid offensive pace, with a .301 batting average and a .908 OPS through 36 games. However, he has struggled with injuries since his call up. Tucker is currently on the 7-day disabled list with a back injury.
Even with the increasing strikeout percentage, Tucker is a well-rounded hitter at the plate. He has had a slugging percentage over .500 for his last three stops in the Astros minor league system.
Tucker is well liked across baseball. According to many analysts, he could have been the main piece of a blockbuster trade that would send an ace-like starter to the Astros. However, with the amount of talent that this player has, the Astros are going to want to hold on to him.