HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Astros made high school outfielder Kyle Tucker the fifth overall selection in the 2015 MLB First Year Player Draft. Tucker, the brother of current Astros outfielder Preston, was the second first round selection for the Astros in this year’s draft. The Astros selected LSU shortstop Alex Bregman with the second overall pick several minutes earlier.
The MLB.com scouting report listed the following information on the younger Tucker.
Though Preston Tucker slammed 49 homers with 197 RBIs in his first two full seasons in the Astros’ system and is now in the big leagues, scouts say there’s no doubt that his younger brother is a better prospect. Like Preston, Kyle committed to Florida out of Tampa’s Plant High — Hall of Famer Wade Boggs’ alma mater — but he’s more likely to turn pro out of high school.
Tucker has one of the purest swings and best bats in the 2015 high school crop. He makes consistent hard contact and, once he fills out his lanky frame, he could be a plus hitter in both average and power.
He’s a more well-rounded player than his older brother and should have average-or-better tools across the board. He’ll likely move from center field to a corner spot in pro ball and has the arm strength needed to play right. A very strong spring moved him behind fellow Floridian Brendan Rodgers as the second best high school bat in the class. -MLB.com
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