ROUND ROCK, Texas - Rewrite the history books! With a steal in the sixth inning of Saturday afternoon's game against the New Orleans Baby Cakes, Round Rock Express OF Kyle Tucker has become the fifth player in the 116-year history of the Pacific Coast League history to record a 30-30
ROUND ROCK, Texas - Rewrite the history books! With a steal in the sixth inning of Saturday afternoon's game against the New Orleans Baby Cakes, Round Rock Express OF Kyle Tucker has become the fifth player in the 116-year history of the Pacific Coast League history to record a 30-30 season. Tucker has launched 32 home runs in addition to his 30 steals.
The most recent 30-30 season in the PCL belongs to Albuquerque's Joc Pederson, who accomplished the feat in 2014. Other players to record 30-30 seasons in the league include Los Angeles' Frank Demaree in 1934, San Francisco's Lefty O'Doul in 1927 and Salt Lake City's Tony Lazzeri in 1925.
Tucker previously became the sixth player in Round Rock Express history to record a season of at least 20 home runs and 20 steals, joining Jared Hoying (2014 & 2015), Cody Ransom (2007), Keith Ginter (2000) and Eric Cole (2000). With 24 home runs and 20 steals a year ago with the Fresno Grizzlies, Tucker also became the third player in PCL history to record back-to-back 20-20 seasons in the circuit.
Additionally, this marks the third straight 20-20 season for the top prospect, as he combined to steal 21 bases and blast 25 home runs between Class A-Advanced Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi in 2017.
The Tampa, Florida native is in the midst of a career year with the Express. He has set new personal bests in home runs (32) and RBI (94) while appearing in 119 of Round Rock's 130 games this season. In total, Tucker is hitting .269 (119-442) on the year.
Tucker was originally drafted fifth overall by the Houston Astros in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft. The 22-year-old made his major league debut a year ago after parts of just four seasons within the club's farm system. He is currently ranked as the top prospect in the Astros organization, and the #13 prospect in baseball, by MLB.com.
In addition to earning back-to-back Houston Astros Minor League Player of the Year awards in 2017 and 2018, Tucker has also been named a PCL All-Star each of the last two seasons. Earlier this season, he was named the PCL Player of the Month for May.
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