Detroit Tigers: Houston Astros trade fits and hypothetical targets
Position: Relief pitcher
Controllable through: 2022
2017 stat of note: 18.3 swinging strike percentage
Having only been in the Major Leagues for two seasons hasn’t stopped James Hoyt from missing bats at an excellent rate.
The hard-throwing right-hander owns a 37.9 strikeout percentage, 14.42 punch outs per nine frames and a 18.3 swinging strike percentage.
He’d immediately slot in as a late-inning option for manager Brad Ausmus, helping the Detroit Tigers potentially replace Justin Wilson in the process.
Current minor league affiliate: Double-A Corpus Christi
2017 stat of note: .922 OPS
One of the top outfield prospects in baseball, Tucker is currently sporting a .908 OPS in 36 games again competition in Double-A that is on average over four years older than him.
Tucker has also added 25 runs scored, 20 RBI, 10 doubles, eight home runs, six stolen bases and a triple.
Overall, he’s collected 63 RBI, 56 runs scored, 35 walks, 22 doubles, 19 stolen bases, 17 home runs and five triples in 367 plate appearances.
A solid fielder, Tucker looks like a potential franchise cornerstone.
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Considering Tucker is already thriving at Double-A, the team could bring him to the Majors early if they acquired him, or bring him along slowly behind the likes of Upton, Mahtook, Stewart and Alex Presley.