The Cleveland Indians have selected SS Carson Tucker out of Mountain Pointe HS in Phoenix, Arizona. At 18 years old, Carson is the younger brother of Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Cole Tucker.
Big brother spoke to MLB.com immediately following Carson’s selection:
Here’s what MLB Pipeline had to say about him:
“While more reserved than Cole, Carson has the chance to join his brother as a big league caliber shortstop. At the plate, the right-handed hitter displays excellent bat control and bat speed over power, though he showed added strength this season. He’s often content to push the ball the other way and to the right-center field gap, though the ball does jump off his bat. He began showing he can turn on balls and drive them to his pull side more consistently, helping his profile.
Tucker has the feet and hands to play shortstop long-term, even though he’s an average runner. He has average arm strength, though his throws have good carry and he shows the ability to change arm action and slots as is needed for the premium position. Showing more consistency on the defensive side, along with the aforementioned gains at the bat, are why Tucker’s stock took a leap forward this spring, making a stronger case for a team to sign him away from his commitment to the University of Texas.”
The current Indians top 30 prospects already have eight shortstops, including three in the top 10, so Tucker joins a crowded field.
MLB Pipeline had Tucker listed as the 52nd ranked prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft, so the Indians may be looking to save a few bucks so they can take a shot at a top player with their competitive balance pick at No. 36.