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Morning Report: A Look at the Switch-Hitting Splits for Cole Tucker

Cole Tucker has shown a big improvement against left-handed pitchers this season. Photo Credit: Sean McCool
Morning Report: A Look at the Switch-Hitting Splits for Cole Tucker
John Dreker

Last year at this time, the focus of the Morning Report was on the switch-hitters in the system and their splits from each side of the plate. One of the things that really stood out was how bad Cole Tucker was doing against left-handed pitching. Here are his slash lines on this date last year:

vs LHP .143/.262/.163

vs RHP .271/.332/.371

Tucker would finish the season with a .164/.263/.194 slash line in 77 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, so the improvement over the final few weeks was minimal. The obvious reason to mention those stats now is to see if things have improved. Those are the type of splits that turns someone into a platoon player if they continue, or they stop switch-hitting and stick with their strong side.

This season, using the split between Braden...

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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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