Cole Tucker

Prospect Highlights: Cole Tucker Hitting and Fielding

Two short videos today courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page, one showing a hit from first round pick Cole Tucker and the other shows him making a play at shortstop. Tucker had a string of getting on base exactly two times in each of his first six games. He broke that string yesterday by reaching base three times. He is hitting .360/.484/.400 through 25 at-bats.

The second highlight is Tucker making a play just to his left. He’s playing in on the grass with a runner on third. He’s made five errors in six games at shortstop, with three coming in his first game as a pro and two coming in another game. It’s too soon to worry about the errors though, especially coming from someone who turns 18 tomorrow.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Lee Young

    good stuff!

    • John Dreker

      Yeah, don’t get much game footage from the GCL! He was there hoping to get Meadows, but he wasn’t ready for two games in a row yet, so maybe Thursday

      • deacs

        Does he go to WV next year?

        • John Dreker

          Tucker I assume? I think that would be a huge push. He will obviously be 18 for most of next season, which more than likely means he will go to Jamestown. He isn’t in the same class as McGuire or Meadows, plus they were both 19 at the start of this year, so I doubt he gets a push like that. It will all depend on how he handles the GCL season, which just started and how he looks in Spring next year, but right now I’m saying if you see him in WV next year at all, it won’t be in April/May, more like a taste of the level in late August if at all.

          • szielinski

            Tucker should be in Jamestown once the GCL season ends.

            • John Dreker

              That is the usual method for top prospects, although this year the GCL season ends much closer than normal to the ending of the NYPL season(only 4 days difference this year) and there is that Bristol club in between the two levels now. So I definitely wouldn’t guarantee he moves to Jamestown like other top prospects have in the past. I think he plays there next year and it’s based mostly on his age and the fact he isn’t on the same level as top picks

  • Matt Beam

    like what I see; BTW – Meadows tripled in his 1st AB today, guy is a machine if he’s right physically

  • Andy Prough

    Wow – to be tall and skinny and athletic again! Where did my youth go?

  • duckwoes

    Thanks John!! I had a chance to see a GCL game two years ago. with Glasnow pitching. I love the no frills, just baseball atmosphere. But there is a reason they call it the Gulf Roast League!!!!

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