Cole Tucker is Starting to Show Why the Pirates Have Been So High on His Potential

Cole Tucker is hitting for more power lately. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Cole Tucker is Starting to Show Why the Pirates Have Been So High on His Potential

BRADENTON, Fla. - Cole Tucker started the year by going 10-for-10 stealing bases, before finally being thrown out on a bang-bang play attempting to steal third base on April 18th. I talked with Tucker after that game, looking to get some insight on his early stolen base attempts and the frequency in which he was stealing bases. But Tucker initially thought the interview was about something else.

"You want to know why I'm not hitting," Tucker guessed.

At the time, he had a .196 average with a .531 OPS in 59 plate appearances. I wasn't as concerned with the hitting at the time, as Tucker is only 20 years old and in High-A for part of his second season. He has been aggressively pushed, has been working on making his swing more consistent, and at this point is still raw enough to focus m...

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