The 2015 MLB Draft is less than a month away and Baseball America has posted their first Mock Draft for this year. In the days and weeks to come, Astros 411 will be taking a closer look at the 2015 Draft and posting our own projections and analysis.
Kyle Tucker, the younger brother of the Astros Preston Tucker, is a 6’4″, 175 pound, left-handed hitting outfielder out of Tampa Florida (Plant HS), that was recently named to the 2015 Perfect Game All-America 1st Team and the Florida All Region 1st Team. Tucker is a good all-around athlete and has also pitched in HS, (he bats left/throws right) although he is projected to be drafted as an outfielder where he can put his considerable talent on display on a daily basis.
Tucker has played varsity all four years for Plant High School, posting some impressive numbers. In 95 games, he has hit .435 (248-for-341), with 28 HRs, 26 doubles, three triples and 94 RBIs. He has an OBP of .569 and has scored 109 runs in those 95 games.
Here is the public version of the Perfect Game scouting report on Tucker from their 2014 Showcase; “Kyle Tucker is a 2015 OF/RHP with a 6-4 175 lb. frame from Tampa, FL who attends Plant HS. Tall slender athletic build, has lots of wiry strength with room for more, young look. Left handed hitter, low hand load, long and fast uphill swing, lots of loose extension out front, tends to pull off his front side early, has happy feet on occasional, gets the ball in the air and has big power potential, hits the ball high in the air. 6.77 runner, works through the ball well in the outfield, loose whippy arm action, good arm strength with on line carry. Projects in all areas physically. Excellent student, verbal commitment to Florida. Selected for the Perfect Game All-American Classic”
In Baseball America’s 2015 Mock Draft, which was written by John Manuel, he had the Astros taking Tucker as their 2nd pick, 5th overall. According to Manuel, “Houston can take one of the many high-ceiling prep outfielders in the lass, one of the draft’s few strong points (and riskier demographics). Cameron has a more complete set of tools, but the Astros may lean toward the power potential of Florida prep Kyle Tucker, whose older brother Preston made his big league debut Thursday with Houston.”
The Cameron he is referring to, is outfielder Daz Cameron, out of Eagles Landing Christian Academy, in McDonough Georgia. Cameron is currently ranked by Baseball America as the #6 prospect in the upcoming draft, with Tucker coming in at the #10 sport in their rankings.
I’d take Tucker over Cameron, but as I have reported earlier, my take is that the Astros should be focused on college pitchers with their first two picks. That would be RHP Dillion Tate (#3) out of UC Santa Barbara and LHP Kyle Funkhouser (#4) out of Louisville. They should both be available for the 2nd and 5th pick, but even if they were both gone by the fifth pick, I’d jump on Carson Fulmer (#7), a right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt, that I might even take before Funkhouser.
Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow will probably have a hard time passing on shortstop Dansby Swanson (#2), from Vanderbilt. Typically teams are going to draft the best athlete, but as I pour over the Astros minor league system and current state of affairs as it relates to quality arms that contribute at the Major League level in 2017 and 2018, I’d go with the college pitchers early. The pool isn’t that deep, once Tate, Funkhouser and Fulmer are off the board.,
If the Astros don’t take Tucker with their second pick, he’ll be gone. Tucker has already committed to Florida for college, but you would think that if the Astros did draft him, and with his brother already in the Astros fold, that there wouldn’t be any sign-ability issues.
Astros 411 take: There is a real possibility that the Astros could take Tucker as their 5th pick, it may not be the pick, we would go with, but it wouldn’t give us any heartache or grief to see this young talented outfielder in the Astros farm system.