STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Cole Tucker headed back to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday after the Pirates optioned him to make room for Jung Ho Kang. This makes for a natural point at which we can assess his performance during his first taste of big league action. How did he fare over the first 38 major league games of his career?
It's a loaded question, to be sure. Tucker's time with the big league club was filled with nearly as many low points as high, with none being higher than his first MLB hit, a de-facto walkoff home run:
If we were to set aside the inherent emotion in seeing an enthusiastic young player do well, what would we see? Let's find out as we walk through an honest assessment of Tucker after his first 120 MLB plate appearances.