Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Scouting the 2015 Draft: Kyle Tucker
Kyle Tucker is a lanky 6'4", 175 lb power hitting corner OF from the Florida HS ranks. He is the brother of Preston Tucker who attended Florida U and was drafted in the 8'th round by the Astros. Kyle has a smooth swing with loft. He hits the ball high and deep. He hit the only XBH in the PG All-American classic in Petco Park when he hit a ball that 2-hopped the CF fence. The exit velocity on that hit was 105 MPH. His power swing did not prevent him from making contact in HS as he K'd just 12 times in 3 HS seasons encompassing 262 PA. Here is his full HS stat line: 443/565/.887, 20 2B, 3 3B, 20 HR, 44 BB, 12 HR in 262 PA. Of course, HS stats are HS stats. I cannot recall the Giants taking a player remotely resembling Kyle Tucker in round 1, ever. BA has him ranked at #26 on their early 2015 draft rankings. Kiley McDaniel has him at #25 and comments that his swing has been compared to Ted Williams, Ken Griffey Jr and Daryl Strawberry.