When the Houston Astros inquired about Jose Quintana’s price tag, the Chicago White Sox asked for Joe Musgrove, Francis Marte and Kyle Tucker. This trio of players rounds out the Astros top three prospects and it was never a possibility that the Astros would accept this kind of deal.
Yet, Kyle Tucker is a name White Sox fans should familiarize themselves with.
Kyle Tucker is the younger brother of Astros outfielder Preston Tucker and was drafted fifth overall in 2015.
Tucker has an incredible skill set that every major-league team values. At 6-feet 4-inches tall, the lanky outfielder weighs in at a measly 190 pounds. Still, at only 19 years old, the youngster has plenty of time to fill out his frame and reach his power potential.
Tucker has a sweet left-handed swing and uses an advanced approach at the plate to force pitchers into the strike zone. In his first full year of professional baseball, the outfielder struck out 81 times in 432 at-bats while walking 50 times. Such good discipline gave the slugger a slash line of .285/.360/.438 in 2016.
Most impressively, Tucker demonstrated a propensity for working in advantage counts and hitting with runners in scoring position. Over 123 at-bats with runners in scoring position, the youngster hit .260 while driving in 49 at Class-A Quad Cities. But after his promotion to High-A, Tucker went on a tear, batting .389 with runners in scoring position.
Tucker ended the season with nine HR, seven triples and 25 doubles while driving in 69 runs. Besides his ability to reach base, Tucker stole 32 bases as well adding one more feather in his cap.
The White Sox were spot on in asking for Tucker. His combination of power, speed, maturity and clutch ability puts him in an elite echelon of prospects. Tucker still needs to physically mature but it seems he’s the total package and the White Sox should fervently pursue this special talent.