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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC8lCvsKRoM

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFmtR7W...

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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.