Last season, he was one of the league’s most valuable players, with a .294/.359/.557 line, 30 home runs, 83 runs scored, 92 RBI, and 14 steals in just 140 games.
This year, it’s been more: He’s been stellar, with a .262/.355/.489 line, 13 round-trippers, 27 runs, 45 RBI, and 12 steals.
He is on his way to complete his first 30-30 season, but we should not get ahead of ourselves.
As you can see, he is an elite hitter.
What if we told you he’s also an elite fielder?
his defensive effect is underestimated
Yes: It can be hard to believe, but Tucker is one of the best defensive outfielders in the league.
According to SportsInfo Solutions, “As of this morning, Astros right fielder Kyle Tucker is worth 12 defensive runs. The only player in baseball worth more is a Pirates third baseman. K’Brien HayesWhich costs 14,” tweeted Astros reporter Chandler Rom.
As of this morning, Astros right fielder Kyle Tucker is worth 12 defensive runs, according to SportsInfo Solutions. The only player worth more in baseball is Pirates third baseman K’Brien Hayes, who is worth 14.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) 24 June 2022
The 12 defensive runs saved (DRS) at the end of June is nothing short of astonishing.
He may not seem like an elite fielder, but don’t let that deceive you.
He can do things like:
Incredible catch by Tucker pic.twitter.com/lIhq0CGADy
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) 24 June 2022
And that catch saved at least one double.
But he may not have the defensive effect of Tucker, even if the judges aren’t hooked with the glove.
The notoriously slow-moving Tucker should also start hitting more and more as the weather warms.
The Astros have one of the most impressive bowlers in the AL.