Preston Tucker, the 24-year-old, 6’0″, 215-pound left-fielder for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate for the Houston Astros, extended his hitting streak to 21-games on Sunday — dating back to last year — with a base hit to left in the third inning. He added another hit to his resume when he legged out an infield single in the seventh inning. In his last at-bat, he put the ball in play again in the ninth inning, making a productive out with an RBI fielder’s choice.
Tucker was closing out a very productive week that saw him hit a robust line of .333/.438/.741, leading the entire Houston farm system for the week with his .741 slugging percentage, three home runs, nine runs batted in, and nine runs scored. Something that stood out about Tucker was that he drew five walks in that period, while striking out just five times, an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio for a guy who is leading the organization in slugging percentage, HR, and RBI. On the season, Tucker is hitting .350 (14-for-40) with two doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI, five walks and 10 runs scored, in just 10 games.
Tucker was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Florida and signed with the Houston Astros for a mere $100,000 signing bonus. Tucker, who is not on the Astros’ 40-man roster, was invited to spring training this year, but he failed to make the club because of the presence of so many veterans in camp, not because of his lack of talent or effort.
Tucker’s signing will prove to be a bargain — he should be patrolling the outfield in Minute Made Park soon, because the next spring training invitation he gets, he’ll show up in an Houston Astros uniform.