Tuesday, June 5, 2012

7-219: OF Preston Tucker

With the 1st pick of the 7th Round (219th overall), the Astros select 6'0" 220lb OF Preston Tucker, a Senior out of the University of Florida.

Tucker was the Rockies' 16th Round pick in the 2011 draft.

Coming into the 2012 season, Tucker had a cumulative .332 average, with 41 homers, 80K:92BB. In 2012, he is hitting .316/.396/.579, with 26K:31BB, and 33 extra-base hits. He set the Gators' all-time hits record on May 18, on a two-run homer against Auburn. He was a 2012 first-team All-SEC selection (with teammate, and Astros' 2nd round pick Nolan Fontana).

Tucker won the Hillborough County (the same county that produced Wade Boggs, among others) Triple Crown, hitting .561 with nine homers and 51 RBI as a junior.

The Crawfish Boxes profiled him late last month.

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