Kyle Tucker looks to bring his power and speed to the plate for the Astros sometime soon.
The Houston Astros are not feeling the pressure to promote Kyle Tucker like they did with George Springer, Carlos Correa, or Alex Bregman. With a stacked team, there is no reason to call up Tucker, even with Yuli Gurriel’s injury. A.J. Hinch has already said that Tucker would not make the team.
Tucker knows that he has little chance to make the team, but he has not let that slow him down. Tucker is leading all the Astros hitters in homers and RBIs, and tied with Tyler White with eight runs. He is showing the offensive potential that would make this offense a juggernaut. That will have to wait as the Astros want him to further develop in the minors.
Tucker will begin the season at Double-A again. So he can be close by if needed. The Astros have not been shy to call up a player from Double-A to fill a need. One thing that hopefully won’t happen is the Astros trading Tucker away.
People around baseball see why the Astros did not want to include Tucker in any trade talks.
There was talk this offseason that Tucker would be part of a J.T. Realmuto trade. Fortunately, that trade never materialized. Now that we have seen Tucker in action, fans have already begun the free Tucker campaign. With a sweet and easy swing, Tucker could be next big star for the Astros. Some have compared his swing to Ted Williams, leading to the nickname Ted.
Tucker is only 21-years-old but is batting .407 with four homers and 13 RBIs. Tucker is the second top Astros prospect and 16th overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. While he has a chance to make his debut in 2018, he should be the everyday guy in 2019. Depending on how Derek Fisher does in 2018, will decide Tucker’s playing time this year.
"”Yeah, Tuck’s good, it’s good to watch him hit. He can really hit and came up with the big swing tonight.” – A.J. Hinch via Brian McTaggart’s video."
Last night, Tucker showed what he can offer with a big go-ahead bases-clearing triple. The team may keep Tucker on the team through the trip home to Minute Maid Park for the two exhibition games. This will give him the experience of playing in front of the home crowd.
The excitement of winning the first championship is still buzzing through Houston. Now fans know that the future is still bright with Tucker set to join the team in the near future. Tucker should continue to be untouchable in trade talks.
***Stats from MLB.com***