LF - FA
Preston Tucker went 2-for-4 with two doubles, five RBI, and a run scored in Thursday night's 12-4 rout of the Mets. For the year he is slashing .288/.333/.538 with a .872 OPS.
Everybody is waiting on and expecting the arrival of Ronald Acuna Jr. but the Braves are content to let him develop a bit more because of the way Tucker is playing. Tucker just keeps producing beyond what most thought possible.
In Sunday's series loss to the Boston Red Sox, Preston Tucker served as DH and could not muster a hit. He went 0-for-4 with a pair of ground outs and a pair of strikeouts to lower his average to .176 on the season. After the game, Tucker was optioned to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies squad to make room for the return of Evan Gattis to the active roster on Tuesday, when the team travels to the south side of Chicago to face the White Sox.
Considering his recent struggles, the option of Tucker was to be expected at some point. Especially, given that in as many games as he has played this season, 33 of them to be exact, he has an average 81 points lower than this time last season. (.257 in 33 games in 2015) Taking a stint down in the minors should help Tucker get his batting groove back, as well as even give him a chance to work on his glove in the outfield. Since he was ranking in the 300's in many categories, and is only 1% owned as of today, fantasy owners need not fret one way or another about the move of Tucker.
Starting in left field, Preston Tucker went 1-for-4 against the Minnesota Twins on Monday with a home run to right field in the second inning. He also tallied a pair of ground outs and a strikeout. Tucker keeps to a .200 average so far.
He only ranks somewhere in the 260s overall and is not expected to gain much ground. For those fantasy owners that favor the Astros, you may want to consider Tucker as an outfield replacement in the wake of uncertainty with Carlos Gomez. His OPS doesn't figure to be much higher than around .750, and is only .677 right now, but the sophomore outfielder does provide some left-handed pop that can come in handy.
Preston Tucker struggled slightly as the team DH in the Monday night home opener against the world champion Kansas City Royals, going 0-for-2 with a ground out and a strikeout. He did, however, draw a pair of walks in the game. Tucker still maintains a stellar .333 average so far this season.
Not only hitting for average, Tucker also has a current OPS of 1.345, which is just as stellar. Odds are that he may lose some at bats upon the imminent return of Evan Gattis this week. However, the work that has been put in by the sophomore outfielder will not be overlooked. Given the recent struggles of Carlos Gomez, Tucker may just get some more at-bats yet. It is clear that he deserves to. Fantasy owners should consider getting Tucker, if you don't already have him.
Serving as team DH Tuesday in the season opener against the New York Yankees, Preston Tucker went 1-for-2 with a double and a line out. The young outfielder begins 2016 with a .500 average and a whopping 1.500 OPS.
Even though he may not serve in the DH role for long, this start by Tucker will most surely warrant him a continuing spot in the active lineup. Especially, with that impressive starting OPS. He still has no discernible ADP or ranking, but owners may still want to keep an eye on Tucker going forward.