COLE TUCKER
SHORTSTOP
Born: July 3, 1996
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 185
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st Round, 24th Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Mountain Pointe (AZ) HS
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

The Pirates took Tucker with their top pick in the 2014 draft.  Tucker was not rated as anywhere close to a first round talent, ranking anywhere from the 60s to the 80s with the various draft mavens, raising the suspicion that the team was either drafting for need rather than taking the best player available, or looking to save money from their bonus pool to use on later picks.  Tucker was climbing draft boards just before the draft, in part due to a strong performance in a major tournament.  Just the same, most observers seem to have seen him more as a second than a first round pick.  Tucker’s primary offensive tool is speed.  He projects to be an average hitter with little power, and hits better from the left side.  Some teams were raising their assessments of his future hitting ability, although I haven’t seen any comments indicating that he’s likely to hit for any power.  Tucker has a good arm and hands, and has a good chance of staying at short.  Moving to third, of course, would greatly decrease his value due to the lack of power.  Tucker committed to Arizona, but wasn’t considered likely to be difficult for the Pirates to sign.  He was one of the younger players in the draft, as he won’t turn 18 until July.  That possibly improves his projectability.

Tucker agreed to terms just a few days after the draft.  His bonus was $1.8M, which was just $125,500 under slot.  He should report to the GCL.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

HS
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2014 .405 .505 .774 84 8 4 5 13
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $1,800,000
MiLB Debut:
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 5, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round, 24th overall pick; signed on June 12.