Last season, was named Houston’s Minor League Player of the Year. This season, he’s going to try to help the Astros win their second consecutive World Series.
Tucker, the team’s latest sizzling prospect, was called up July 7 and figures to become a fixture in left field, especially against right-handed starters. The 21-year-old left-handed hitter, whose brother Preston played for the Astros in 2015-16, had checked all the boxes against minor leaguers.
“The only thing he hasn’t answered is whether he can consistently hit at the major league level, and that’s what he is here for,” manager said. “This is the next challenge for him.”
Tucker, who was hitting .306 with 14 homers and 66 RBI for Class AAA Fresno (Calif.), can play either corner-outfield spot. But with the Astros rotating through five starters in left this year, Tucker, the fifth overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft, likely will land there.
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who was placed on the disabled list June 26, still is slowed by a stiff back. He could return this week, but Correa and Hinch aren’t pinpointing an exact date. “I want to be sure I’m right when I get back out there and can play all the way to late October,” Correa said.
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Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Fletcher is making the most of his opportunity, batting and fielding well.