Preston Tucker extended his hitting streak to 22 games Monday night, in style, as he went 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Houston Astros, Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies to an 8-4 win on the road, over the Las Vegas 51s.
Tucker, the 24-year-old, 6’-0″, 215 pound, lefty slugger, padded his impressive stats last night with his fifth homer of the season, all of them two-run shots and improved his batting average to .378 (17-45) and his slugging percentage to .756.
He leads Fresno in the Triple Crown categories; .378, 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, as well as runs scored (12), total bases (34) and an OPS of 1.196. Tucker drops back, all the way down to second with his .440 OBP. Are you kidding me, this kid is the hottest hitter in the minors.
Tucker was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 Draft out of the University of Florida. He received an invitation to spring training this year and is perhaps the best player that is not on the Astros 40-man roster. For his career, the outfielder has 62 home runs and a .297 batting average. Another encouraging sign for the Astros is his relatively low strikeout totals. Tucker has struck out only 235 times in 326 career minor league games.
Preston Tucker will look to extend his hitting streak tonight as the Grizzlies travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Salt Lake Bees, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 PM Pacific.