Houston Astros: Kyle Tucker
When a World Series contender is able to call up a 30-30 outfielder from the Minor Leagues for the pennant race and add him to a lineup that ranks among the very best in the league, it’s an embarrassment of riches. That’s exactly what the Houston Astros were able to do by calling up top prospect Kyle Tucker to join Rookie of the Year contender Yordan Alvarez on their bench.
Tucker has been around the fringes of MLB’s top 10 prospects his entire professional career and the Astros have somehow been able to keep him while pulling off trades for Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke. It’s almost unfair to the rest of the league how good the Astros front office is.
The 22-year-old outfielder made his MLB debut last July but struggled in 28 games. He has done nothing but hit in the Minor Leagues and is a true five-tool prospect. Tucker has hit .283/.356/.507 in 525 games since being drafted fifth overall in 2015. He has 123 doubles, 20 triples, 95 home runs and 121 stolen bases in his career.
In Tucker, the Astros are adding a polished hitter who hits with power to all fields and knows how to manage the strike zone and work a walk. He may not profile as a 30-steal threat in the big leagues, but the instincts are there to take a bag even without elite speed. Tucker’s power stroke has developed well the past two seasons, and he still has the potential to grow into another homegrown All-Star for the Astros.