Preston Tucker (baseball)
Preston Michael Tucker (born July 6, 1990) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Kia Tigers of the KBO League. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves. He stands 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) tall, and weighs 210 pounds (95 kg).
Tucker with the Houston Astros
|Kia Tigers – No. 22|
|Born: July 6, 1990|
|MLB: May 7, 2015, for the Houston Astros|
|KBO: May 17, 2019, for the Kia Tigers|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Runs batted in||68|
|KBO statistics |
(through 2019 season)
|Runs batted in||50|
Tucker attended Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. He enrolled at the University of Florida and played college baseball for the Florida Gators baseball team from 2009 to 2012. As a freshman, he was the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman Hitter of the Year and the Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Year. In 2010, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He set school records for most hits with 341, runs batted in with 258 and at-bats with 1,035. He finished second in school history with 57 home runs and batted .329. Tucker was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 16th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign and returned to Florida.
Tucker started his professional career with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League, hitting .321/.390/.509 with 8 home runs and 38 runs batted in 42 games. He started the 2013 season with the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League, and was promoted to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League after hitting .326/.384/.544 with 15 home runs in 75 games. In 60 games with Corpus Christi he hit .262/.347/.456 with 10 home runs.
Tucker began the 2015 season with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. With George Springer suffering a concussion on May 6, the Astros promoted Tucker to the major leagues the next day. On May 7, 2015, Tucker got his first major league hit; a double into right field that tied the score at two and became part of a wild comeback in the 9th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium against the closer Huston Street. In the game, he went 1-for-3 with the RBI and a walk. On May 21, 2015, Tucker hit his first major league home run in a game against the Detroit Tigers. The solo shot came in the top of the ninth inning off Tigers' closer Joakim Soria, tying the game at 5–5 and handing Soria his first blown save of the season.
On March 28, 2017, the Astros optioned Tucker back to Fresno. He spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A without making a single appearance in the majors, although he was still on the Astros 40-man roster that year.
Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati RedsEdit
On July 30, 2018, the Braves traded Tucker, Lucas Sims, and Matt Wisler to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Adam Duvall. On September 2, 2018, the Reds traded Tucker back to Atlanta in exchange for cash considerations. The Braves outrighted him to the minors on October 31, 2018. He elected free agency on November 3, 2018.
Chicago White SoxEdit
On February 23, 2019, Tucker signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox that included an invitation to spring training. On May 10, 2019, Tucker requested his release so he could sign with the Kia Tigers of the KBO League.
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