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Cole Tucker

Born: 07/03/1996 (Age: 18)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 185
Primary Position: SS
Physical/Health
Wiry frame; long legs; extreme projection left; potential for 15-20 lbs gain of muscle.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 05/18/2015
Dates Seen 4/28/15 - 4/29/15, 5/15/15 - 5/16/15
Affiliate West Virginia Power (Low A, Pirates)
Makeup

Hustles every single play; full sprints on routine grounders to 2B; keeps a cool head after an error; very professional approach during both series viewed.

MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2019 High 55 45; Second Division Starter No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Swing is more natural as RHH; plus bat speed; quiet and loose hands; hands are quick through zone; displays adept barrel control from both sides of the plate; swing is more slap-driven currently as LHH; drives ball better as RHH; bottom half is inconsistent; mild load and can get unbalanced; hips will leak when he gets caught in front; early signs of ability to recognize spin.
Power 45 Above-average raw power; linear swing from both sides of the plate; generates backspin when he drives ball; swing is not conducive for power and will play down, especially as LHH; speed will help play up gap power.
Baserunning/Speed 60 3.81 on a jailbreak; 4.12 from left side; shows quickness and a solid second gear; long strides move him quickly up the line; speed and athletcism plays on the bases and in the field.
Glove 50 Inconsistent currently; displays above-average range; speed helps play up range; reaction times are inconsistent; smooth hands; footwork is inconsistent; sometimes can get flat-footed or does not set himself for the play; first step is inconsistent; displayed progression from series to series; rushes plays currently; continued repititions at SS will help to improve reaction times and footwork.
Arm 55 Plus arm strength; quirky throwing motion; throws from awkward three-quarters with a short arm action; accuracy concerns cause arm to play down in-game; arm will play at SS.
Overall

Tucker demonstrated his potential throughout both series, displaying adept barrel control and the ability to drive the ball to the gaps. The profile is very raw, with a long development curve, but the tools shined throughout both series. The risk is high as Tucker is still marinating the tools, approach and body growth, but the overall future potential of Tucker is a player that will be a bat first shortstop with a chance to play average defense and provide all-around value up the middle.

Round Drafted: 1st round (24th overall), 2014
Why: Athletic player with potential for above-average hit and power from a premium position.

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