Until they reach the big leagues, top MLB prospects are all about potential.    A few pan out immediately upon arrival. Others struggle with adjustments and injuries. Some turn into stars, and some ultimately fizzle…

Until they reach the big leagues, top MLB prospects are all about potential. A few pan out immediately upon arrival. Others struggle with adjustments and injuries. Some turn into stars, and some ultimately fizzle…

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Pre-2019 prospect rank: No. 5
Kyle Tucker posted a .989 OPS with 24 homers and 20 stolen bases at Triple-A in 2018 and got a 64-at-bat audition with the Houston Astros. In 2019, he posted a .909 OPS with 34 homers and 30 steals at Triple-A and got a 67-at-bat stint with the ‘Stros.
Clearly, the 23-year-old has nothing left to prove in the minors. But he’s yet to show he can consistently handle big league pitching.
In 68 games with Houston between 2018 and now, Tucker owns a .204/.266/.363 slash line. That’s obviously not enough of a sample to draw any sweeping conclusions, and he’s tallied five doubles, a triple and a home run among his 14 hits in 2020.
The fifth overall pick in 2015, Tucker remains a big part of the Astros’ plans, especially with outfielders George Springer, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick all set to hit free agency after this season. But at some point soon, Houston will want to see him translate those MiLB results.
Progress report grade: C-

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