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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%: 9/4 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.

Astros rookie Preston Tucker has clutch hit in MLB debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Astros outfielder Preston Tucker was able to make a significant impact in his MLB debut Thursday against the Angels. Tucker had a game-tying RBI single in the top of the ninth inning off Angels closer Huston Street, helping rally Houston to a 3-2 win.

It was the first hit of Tucker's career.

''It's pretty exciting, especially when we're out there trying to win a ballgame,'' Tucker said, per the Associated Press. ''I wasn't trying to think about the situation. I was just trying to be aggressive and put the barrel on the ball. I was just trying to have a good approach. ... I was looking for a fastball, but I got a changeup. I was out in front of it, but I got enough on it to get it through the hole and it worked out in my favor.''

Tucker also had a walk in his MLB debut. He was batting .320 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 25 games for Triple-A Fresno prior to his promotion.


Astros OF Preston Tucker, SS Jonathan Villar in Thursday lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Astros outfielder Preston Tucker is wasting no time as a major-leaguer. 

Selected to join the Astros' major-league roster Thursday, Tucker is in Houston's lineup against the Angels. He's hitting eighth and playing left field. 

Shortstop Jonathan Villar is making his first start since May 3 Thursday night. He's batting ninth. 


Astros bring up Preston Tucker, assign Ronald Torreyes


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) The Astros officially selected outfielder Preston Tucker to their 25-man roster on Thursday, the team announced. 

Tucker is filling the spot of George Springer, who went on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Tucker has done well with Triple-A Fresno this season. He holds a .320 batting average with 10 home runs and 32 RBI.

Manager A.J. Hinch said the plan is to play Tucker in left and right field, according to the Houston Chronicle. He won't be playing first base 

The Astros also designated infielder Ronald Torreyes for assignment. Torreyes was on the Astros' 40-man roster. 


Astros OF George Springer heads to 7-day DL


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) The Astros have placed outfielder George Springer on the 7-day concussion disabled list, the team announced Wednesday night. 

Springer crashed into the wall in the outfield while making a catch on Tuesday. He was evaluated for a concussion, with Robbie Grossman starting in his place. 

To replace Springer on the roster, the Astros are planning to call up Preston Tucker from Triple-A Fresno.

Tucker is hitting .320 in the minors and has hit 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 25 games played. 


Astros not ready to promote Preston Tucker, but is on team's radar


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Astros outfield prospect Preston Tucker is off to a torrid start for Triple-A Fresno. The 24-year-old outfielder is batting .338 with a .689 slugging percentage, eight home runs and a minor-league leading 26 RBI in 18 games. 

Still, the Astros opted to promote L.J. Hoes on Monday to occupy a spot on the bench instead of Tucker, despite his hot start to the season.

“Tuck’s in the time of his career where he he’s trying to get himself noticed and he wants to be the next guy called up,” manager A.J. Hinch said, per the Houston Chronicle. “And right now our outfield’s playing very well. (Jake) Marisnick obviously is playing the best in the outfield on both sides of the ball. George Springer’s obviously a big part of our future and our present. (Colby) Rasmus is playing well.

“So I think it’s difficult for any of these young guys to break in. And when you have a good roster that you’re comfortable with, it’s even harder. But that doesn’t mean that their time wouldn’t come based on injury or based on extreme performance, and Tuck’s being very noticed with what he’s doing down at Triple-A.”


Alex White no longer in running for rotation spot, among Astros cuts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Astros announced Friday they sent seven players to minor-league camp, including starting pitcher Alex White, who was in the running for the fifth spot in the rotation. White was technically optioned to the minors, while the remaining six were reassigned.

Also sent to minor-league camp were Colin MoranJason Stoffel, Nolan Fontana, Preston Tucker, Matt Duffy and Roberto Pena.


Preston Tucker returns to Astros on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Preston Tucker returned to the field for the Astros on Sunday. 

Tucker, who suffered a bruised right hand last week, entered the game as a defensive replacement in right field at the start of the sixth inning.

In his only plate appearance, Tucker walked. He didn't get a chance in the field.  


Astros prospect Preston Tucker available to play Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Astros outfield prospect Preston Tucker told reporters he's ready to return to action, according to Houston Chronicle.

Tucker, who suffered a bruised right hand last week against the Yankees, was cleared to play in a game after going through a live batting practice session Friday. He'll be available against the Braves, but will use bats wrapped by tape at the top of the handles to absorb the impact of his swing for the time being, per the Chronicle.

"Taking four or five days off hitting while we’re playing games every day kind of feels like you're almost taking two weeks off just because you’re at the field every day and you see everybody doing it," Tucker said. "It's only been a week, but I'm excited to get back out there."


Astros' Preston Tucker could be back in spring lineup Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Astros outfield prospect Preston Tucker, who suffered a bruised right hand last week against the Yankees, will take live batting practice on the field Friday and might return to game action Saturday, per MLB.com.

Astros' Preston Tucker exits game after HBP on right hand


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Astros outfielder Preston Tucker left Saturday's Grapefruit League contest against the Yankees with a right hand contusion, per MLB.com. He underwent X-rays after the game, which came back negative. The team has ruled him day to day moving forward, leaving his status uncertain for Sunday.

Mark Appel, Carlos Correa among Astros' non-roster invites


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) The Astros announced Tuesday they will have 17 non-roster invites for spring training, including starting pitcher prospect Mark Appel and shortstop prospect Carlos Correa. Appel was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, while Correa was the No. 1 pick in 2012.

The other non-roster invitees are outfielder Andrew Aplin, pitcher Darin Downs, infielder Matt Duffy, catcher Luis Flores, infielder Nolan Fontana, catcher Tyler Heineman, pitcher Jordan Jankowski, infielder Dan Johnson, infielder Colin Moran, catcher Roberto Pena, infielder Gregorio Petit, pitcher Brady Rodgers, infielder Joe Sclafani, pitcher Jason Stoffel and outfielder Preston Tucker.

Correa (No. 1) and Appel (No. 2) are considered the team's top two prospects, according to Baseball America. Moran (No. 7) is also considered a top-10 prospect.


Astros assign nine to minor-league camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) The Astros announced Sunday they assigned pitchers Jake Buchanan, Paul Clemens, Bobby Doran, Jason Stoffel  and Nick Tropeano, infielders Jonathan Meyer  and Ronald Torreyes  and outfielders Leo Heras and Preston Tucker to minor-league camp.

Astros manager 'excited' to have Preston Tucker in camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Although Astros outfield prospect Preston Tucker isn't expected to make the opening day roster, manager Bo Porter noted he was happy to see the 23-year-old outfielder among the spring training invites.

"He can hit," Porter said, per the Houston Chronicle. "He was one of those guys that I kind of put an asterisk next to I was excited to have him here at camp."

Tucker is batting .303 with a .373 on-base percentage, .506 slugging percentage and .879 OPS through 177 minor-league games. He also has 33 home runs, 39 doubles and 141 RBI.


Carlos Correa, Mark Appel headline Astros' spring invitees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) The Astros invited 20 non-roster minor-leaguers to spring training Tuesday, including infielder Carlos Correa and pitcher Mark Appel, the team announced.

The team's other invitees include pitchers Jake Buchanan, Rhiner Cruz, Jorge De Leon, Bobby Doran, Mike Foltynewicz, Jason Stoffel and Nick Tropeano; catchers Rene Garcia, Tyler Heineman and Carlos Perez; infielders Japhet Amador, Jonathan Meyer and Ronald Torreyes; and outfielders Delino DeShields, Leo Heras, J.D. Martinez, George Springer and Preston Tucker.

Correa, 19, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft. He hit .320/.405/.467 with nine home runs, 86 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 450 at-bats with Class A Quad Cities last season.

Appel, 22, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft. He went 3-1 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 33:9 K:BB ratio in 38 innings over 10 starts between low Class A Tri-City and Class A Quad Cities.


Preston Tucker promoted to Double-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2013) Astros outfield prospect Preston Tucker was promoted from high Class A Lancaster to Double-A Corpus Christi Wednesday, according to MLB.com. The 2012 seventh-round pick hit .326 with a .544 slugging percentage, .928 OPS, 15 home runs, 18 doubles and 74 RBI in 75 games for Lancaster.

Preston Tucker catches attention of Astros' GM


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2013) Astros outfield prospect Preston Tucker continues to enjoy a breakout year at Class A Lancaster.

The 2012 seventh-round pick has a .324/.383/.534/.917 slash line through 73 games. Tucker has one triple, 14 home runs, 17 doubles, 59 runs and 70 RBI. 

Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow told the Houston Chronicle the former University of Florida standout has the power-patience formula the club prizes.

"I could see him up here in the next couple of years," Lunhow said.