Cole Tucker
Cole Tucker
22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Fantasy Outlook
For the most part, 2018 was a rough year for Tucker at the plate, but he is still relevant for dynasty leagues. After playing 42 games at Double-A in 2017, he returned to that level for his age-21/22 season and was a below-league-average hitter (93 wRC+). However, he still profiles as the Pirates' shortstop of the future, and his plus speed and aggression on the bases would be very valuable if he is able to secure the everyday job. He was the best shortstop in the Arizona Fall League, showcasing high-end defense while hitting .370/.442/.457 with six steals on nine attempts. Despite standing 6-foot-3, Tucker struggles to generate power from his narrow lower half, and does not project to ever be a 20-homer threat. He may only be a .250 or .260 hitter with modest pop, but Tucker's wheels could lead to seasons where he steals 25-plus bases. His plus defense should allow him to overtake Kevin Newman for the job in Pittsburgh sooner than later. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2019.
Out of Wednesday's lineup
SSPittsburgh Pirates
May 22, 2019
Tucker is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies.
ANALYSIS
Tucker's glove is ready for the majors, but his bat might not be. He is hitting .091 with a 31.3 percent strikeout rate in 44 at-bats this month. Kevin Newman will start at shortstop and hit eighth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
13
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .502 27 3 1 2 0 .160 .222 .280
Since 2017vs Right .480 59 5 1 3 0 .164 .207 .273
2019vs Left .502 27 3 1 2 0 .160 .222 .280
2019vs Right .480 59 5 1 3 0 .164 .207 .273
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .598 38 3 1 2 0 .194 .237 .361
Since 2017Away .396 48 5 1 3 0 .136 .191 .205
2019Home .598 38 3 1 2 0 .194 .237 .361
2019Away .396 48 5 1 3 0 .136 .191 .205
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Cole Tucker compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.19
 
BB Rate
5.8%
 
K Rate
31.4%
 
BABIP
.216
 
ISO
.113
 
AVG
.163
 
OBP
.212
 
SLG
.275
 
OPS
.487
 
wOBA
.213
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
Untimely injuries have prevented Tucker from truly breaking out as a high-end prospect. After missing time in 2015 and 2016 following shoulder surgery, he missed three weeks with a broken thumb and ended the season on the shelf with a broken hand. An athletic 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, scouts keep waiting for Tucker to grow into a bit more over-the-fence power, and that could still click for him at some point in the coming years. For now, his top fantasy-relevant traits are advanced on-base skills (10.8 percent walk rate last year), aggressiveness on the bases and the fact that he has a decent chance to stick at shortstop. Despite finishing with 47 steals (on 62 attempts), Tucker is not a plus runner, so it remains to be seen how long he will continue to ride good reads and aggressive leads to impressive steal totals. It’s safer to assume he will be a 10-to-15 steal threat in the majors, so strides in the power department are critical for him to profile as more than a middle-infield option in standard leagues.
Coming off shoulder surgery, Tucker started his season in May and batted .262/.308/.443 in 67 Low-A plate appearances before an injury to fellow shortstop prospect Kevin Newman gave him a shot with High-A Bradenton. Tucker did not hit well for the Marauders. He posted a .238/.312/.301 line and appeared overmatched. The lack of any semblance of power might be expected, but he only stole five bases (in 11 attempts). He hit .293 with 25 stolen bases in Low-A two seasons ago, so there's still plenty of hope for the 20-year-old. From a fantasy perspective, however, speed appears to be the switch-hitter's primary calling card and he hasn't excelled in that aspect of the game.
The Pirates top pick in 2014, Tucker underwent shoulder surgery on his throwing arm at the end of August and was expected to miss 10-12 months. Prior to getting hurt, the shortstop slashed .293/.322/.377 in 329 PA for Low-A West Virginia, an improvement over his first rookie ball campaign — .267/.368./.356. Tucker, 19, will likely have to watch much of the action in 2016 from the bench, but he’s fortunate to have time on his side. Tucker and Kevin Newman — a shortstop pick first in the 2015 draft — will continue to compete as they progress up the organizational ladder.
One of the youngest players taken in the 2014 draft, Tucker hit .404 in his senior season and played for Team USA against Japan in the 18-and-under World Cup. He is thought to be a better player on the defensive side of the ball, but Tucker will have plenty of time to develop the rest of his talents. Tucker's Gulf Coast League debut showed some of his future skill set. He hit .267/.368/.356 in 217 plate appearances, showing decent batting average ability but with little power. The shortstop also stole 13 bases, an area that might help fantasy owners down the road. The 24th overall pick has little competition as a true shortstop inside the Pittsburgh organization.
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Not starting Saturday
SSPittsburgh Pirates
May 18, 2019
Tucker is not in the lineup Saturday against the Padres.
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Not in lineup
SSPittsburgh Pirates
May 16, 2019
Tucker is not in the lineup Thursday against the Padres.
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Goes deep in win
SSPittsburgh Pirates
May 15, 2019
Tucker went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 6-2 victory against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
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Held out Saturday
SSPittsburgh Pirates
May 11, 2019
Tucker is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
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Downward trend continues
SSPittsburgh Pirates
May 9, 2019
Tucker went 0-for-2 against St. Louis on Thursday, dropping his batting average to .189 in 53 at-bats.
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