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20 Preston Tucker LF
Height/Weight: 6-0/217 | Birthdate: 7/6/1990 | Birthplace: Tampa, FL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 19/5 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Astros send struggling OF Preston Tucker to Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) Astros outfielder Preston Tucker has been optioned to Triple-A Fresno following Saturday's win over the Dodgers. Tucker has really been struggling lately, as he owns a .147 average with eight strikeouts over his past nine games.

The demotion of the rookie was needed to make room on the roster for Lance McCullers, who is being called up to start Sunday's game. Tucker will likely return to the team when the rosters expand on September 1. 


Astros OF Preston Tucker back in the lineup on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/7/2015) Astros outfielder Preston Tucker has returned to the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the A's. Tucker hasn't started since leaving Tuesday's game after getting hit by a pitch in his arm.

He did enter Thursday's game as a late-inning defensive replacement however, and it appears his arm has healed enough to get him back in the lineup on Friday. Tucker is batting .265 with 10 home runs in 70 games this season. He will be in left field and bat seventh on Friday.


Astros' Preston Tucker leaves game after HBP


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2015) Astros left fielder Preston Tucker left Tuesday's game due to an arm contusion after being hit by a pitch, per MLB.com

Tucker was hit in his first plate appearance, in the second inning. He remained in the game, going 1 for 2 in his next two times up. He also made two plays in the field before leaving for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. 


Astros OF Preston Tucker keeps rolling with solo HR on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Left fielder Preston Tucker gave the Astros all the offense they would need, as he went deep for his ninth home run of the season in the 4-0 win over the Royals. Tucker's solo blast put the Astros up 1-0 in the third inning. Starter Scott Kazmir and the Astros' bullpen did the rest, shutting out the Royals in this one.

Tucker also doubled and scored twice, finishing the game 3 for 4. The rookie outfielder is batting .333 with four home runs in his past seven games, which includes a pair of three-hit performances.


Astros LF Preston Tucker slams two homers in Wednesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) Astros left fielder Preston Tucker continued to hit his homers in bunches Wednesday against Boston.

Tucker has blasted off three times in the last two games to give him eight on the season. He had already hit two in four games and two in successive games earlier in the year.

His solo job in the first inning gave Houston a lead it would not relinquish. He added a two-run homer in the fifth. He has five runs and five RBI over the last two games.


Astros' Preston Tucker homers to cap three-hit day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Astros left fielder Preston Tucker went 3 for 5, scoring three times in Sunday's win over Texas. 

Tucker matched his run total for the previous nine games and had more hits than in the 2 for 17 stretch he had entering Sunday's contest. 

Tucker hit a two-run home run, his sixth of the year. It was his first homer or RBI since July 6.


Preston Tucker homers in Astros' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Astros right fielder Preston Tucker hit a solo home run in Monday's win over Cleveland. 

Tucker went 4 for 5, matching the number of hits he had in his last six games, spanning 23 at bats.

Tucker had a double and his fifth homer of the year, his first in 16 games. . 


Preston Tucker gets two hits, two RBI in Astros' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) Astros right fielder Preston Tucker went 2 for 5 with a run and two RBI in Friday's win over Boston. 

Tucker hit his 13th double of the year and recorded his 19th RBI.

Tucker had his first multi-hit and multi-RBI game since June 18. 


Astros' Preston Tucker delivers RBI double on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) Outfielder Preston Tucker drove in the first of four Astros runs on Thursday, but that would be all the team would need as they defeated the Yankees 4-0. 

Tucker went 1 for 3 with an run-scoring double in the third inning. Getting partial playing time lately, Tucker is batting a fairly-decent .250 over his last 10 games.


Preston Tucker replaced in Astros lineup by Domingo Santana


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Astros left fielder Preston Tucker is not in Sunday's lineup. 

Tucker has started the last four games and five of the last six. Domingo Santana will replace him in the lineup, getting his second start at the position this season. 


Astros LF Preston Tucker homers, records three RBI in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Astros left fielder Preston Tucker slammed his fourth home run of the season during Thursday's game against the Rockies.

Tucker went 2 for 5 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and three RBI.

In his last five games, Tucker is hitting .333 with two home runs and six RBI.


Astros OF Preston Tucker goes yard on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Astros outfielder Preston Tucker had one hit in five at-bats on Wednesday, but it left the yard for a solo home run in the fifth inning. It was Tucker's third home run of the season, and it put the Astros up 4-2, as they would go on to beat the Rockies 8-4.

The 24-year-old rookie has cooled off considerably in June after a nice start to his career. This month, Tucker is batting .184 (7 for 38) with 11 strikeouts to just four walks in 12 games.


Astros shuffle lineup before facing Mariners


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) The Astros will put a shuffled lineup up against the Mariners on Saturday, the team announced.

Right fielder George Springer will return to the leadoff role after teammate Jose Altuve, who hit leadoff in Friday's game, hurt his hamstring. Rookie shortstop Carlos Correa will bat second, despite not hitting any higher than fifth in the lineup since being called up to the majors.

Jake Marisnik will make his first start in left field, giving Preston Tucker a day off. He will bat sixth in the lineup.

First baseman Chris Carter, who hit a home run out of the ninth spot on Friday, will bat in the cleanup spot on Saturday.

Marwin Gonzalez will fill Altuve's void at second base and bat eighth.


Astros OF Preston Tucker gets a chance to rest Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Astros rookie left fielder Preston Tucker was held out of the starting lineup for the first time in 10 games Thursday against the Orioles. Jonathan Villar started in left field for Houston.

Tucker is batting just .143 (2 for 14) in his last four games. He hit .375 in his previous 14 games.


Astros rookie Preston Tucker producing at No. 3 in lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Astros rookie Preston Tucker has come out of the boxes firing on all cylinders. The rookie out of the University of Florida went 2 for 4 at the plate on Saturday, his sixth multihit game of the season.

"Tuck continues to contribute," manager A.J. Hinch said to MLB.com. "He's hung in there against lefties, which again for a young player, to get his first taste of Major League left-handed pitching, his pitch selection was good and at-bats are good. He's in the at-bat the whole way. He's in the three-hole for a reason, and that's to contribute. He's looking more and more calm every day."

Tucker is hitting .328 with eight RBI in 58 at-bats this season.

"He's done everything we've asked him to do and we want to continue to ask a lot out of him, which is why he's hitting in the middle of the order," Hinch said. "Quite honestly, he's making it hard on the other guys to fight to stay in the lineup. It's a good problem to have. There's nobody better you want up right now with the way he's swinging the bat."


Astros move Preston Tucker to third in batting order Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Astros rookie outfielder Preston Tucker hit higher than fifth in the lineup for the first time in his career Tuesday at Baltimore. Tucker hit third against right-hander Chris Tillman.

Tucker has multiple hits in each of his last two games and has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. He has a .419/.455/.742/1.196 slash line in that span.

Since his promotion, Tucker is batting .286 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBI in 13 games against right-handed pitchers.


OF Preston Tucker's pinch-hit HR helps Astros rally


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Outfielder Preston Tucker delivered once again in the clutch for the Astros, and this time, his pinch-hit homer paid off in Houston's 10-8 triumph over the Tigers on Sunday. 

For the second time in this series, Tucker tied the game with a longball. In the sixth inning Sunday, Tucker connected for a three-run homer to draw Houston even, and this time, unlike Thursday, when Tucker hit a pinch-hit homer in the ninth, the Astros were able to pull out the victory. 

Tucker has two homers since being recalled from Triple-A earlier in this month. 

"I don't necessarily feel comfortable pinch hitting," Tucker said. "Once I step into the box, I feel the same, but just the process of it is something I'm not really used to. That's pretty cool that I've been able to help us win."


Astros could be on the lookout for pitching this summer


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) The Astros could be in the market for starting pitching this summer, as they continue their surprising run in 2015. The Astros do have the third-best ERA in the American League, but they could do well in bringing in another arm to shore up the rotation as they try to make a postseason run. 

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman notes that rookie outfielder Preston Tucker could be a possible trade chip should the Astros wish to go that route. Tucker has hit well in his first stint as a Major Leaguer, but he may have trouble getting regular playing time with the state of the Astros' current outfield. 


Astros OF Preston Tucker blasts off to force overtime in Detroit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Astros rookie Preston Tucker not only tied the game Thursday in Detroit with a solo home run in the ninth, but he also did something no Houston player had done in three years.

The blast marked the first time an Astro hit his first career home run as a pinch-hitter since Brandon Barnes did it in August 2012.

Tucker is off to a flying start in the majors with a slash line .310/.412/.552.


Preston Tucker goes 3 for 4 in Astros' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Astros designated hitter Preston Tucker went 3 for 4 in Thursday's win over Toronto. 

Tucker hit his first two doubles of the year, scored once and drove in his third run of the season. His average now stands at .286.

"He’s proven to put up some good at-bats against lefties and righties," manager A.J. Hinch said, per the Houston Chronicle. "We’re going to have to try to get creative to divvy up some playing time. Some guys are due some days off and we’ll most likely go to Tuck. He’s earning his keep every day."


Astros DH Evan Gattis set to sit against Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis has followed a brutal stretch to start the season with a hot streak and another brutal stretch. The latest dry spell has him sitting Thursday against Toronto

Preston Tucker is set to DH instead.

Gattis has just one hit in his last 19 at-bats as his batting average has dropped from .206 to .181.


Astros' Preston Tucker eager to impress manager


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Astros prospect Preston Tucker has done enough to make an impression on manager A.J. Hinch in his short time with the club, according to MLB.com.

Tucker was called up last week when George Springer was placed on the 7-day DL with a concussion and when he came back to the team, Tucker stayed on the roster.

"I'm excited that they think I can contribute to the team," Tucker said. "I'm not really sure what kind of roles they want me to play, but I'm up for anything. But once I get comfortable, I'll be able to help us win some ballgames."

Hinch wants to find ways to keep Tucker in the lineup.

"Tuck was performing about as good as anybody in the PCL," Hinch said. "Not only on Fresno's team, but in the entire league, so he was so dominant. ... It was a strong recommendation from our scouts and player development people about his performance."

Tucker is hitting .100 in 10 at-bats this season.

"He got off to a rough start the beginning of a season," Hinch said. "He did help us win a game with the opposite-field home run. His right-handed swing was not complementing Rasmus as much as we had hoped at the time. So he's got a chance to go down for at least 10 days and get some regular at-bats in Triple-A and get his offense going."


Astros DH Evan Gattis returns to starting lineup on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Giants. Gattis was rested on Sunday, though he did pinch-hit. 

Gattis got off to a hot start in May, but has cooled off considerably, as he is now batting .222 with five strikeouts (to just one walk) in 10 games this month. But he's back in the lineup at his usual cleanup spot in the order on Tuesday. 

Preston Tucker will get the day off on Tuesday. 


Astros DH Evan Gattis not in Sunday's lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis is not in Sunday's starting lineup against the Angels. 

For Gattis, it's most likely a day off. Against the Angels on Saturday, Gattis went 0 for 3 at the plate. He holds just a .185 batting average so far this season. Preston Tucker will serve as Houston's DH against the Angels. 

Robbie Grossman will play in left field and bat ninth. After taking Saturday off, catcher Jason Castro returns to the lineup and will bat sixth. Castro has recorded a hit in eight of his last 10 games. 


Preston Tucker back in Astros' lineup after impressive MLB debut


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Preston Tucker is back in the Astros' lineup for the second straight game after delivering a game-tying RBI single in the top of the ninth inning in his MLB debut Thursday in the Astros' vicotry over the Angels.

He'll bat seventh and play left field.