So I was reading the #AskLuhnow recap here and saw an interesting question and reply. The question was:
"Preston Tucker compare to Springer as a hitter? If he continues progressing will we see him in 14?"Q11 : How does
and the answer:
"Q11: Different players. Tucker LHH corner OF with deluxe OB skills and power. RH version of Allan Craig? Hope so."
This answer got me thinking about the comparison between Preston Tucker and Allen Craig. I know this comparison has been brought up before but I figured we could look at some numbers.
Preston Tucker was drafted in the 7th round out of the University of Florida in 2012 and made his minor league debut at the age of 21. Allen Craig was drafted in the 8th round out of the University of California Berkley and made his minor league debut at the age of 21. Here is a look at their initial seasons in the minors:
Craig, 21, A-: 48 games, .257/.325/.400, 13 2B, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 13 BB/28 SO, .143 ISO, .342 wOBA
Tucker, 21, A-: 42 games, .321/.390/.509, 7 2B, 8 HR, 38 RBI, 18 BB/16 SO, .188 ISO, .418 wOBA
In this small sample Tucker performed a little better in almost every category. Now the first full season in the minors.
Craig, 22, A+/AA: 119 games, .311/.367/.541, 27 2B, 2 3B, 24 HR, 80 RBI, 36 BB/85 SO, 7.3 BB%, 17.2 SO%
Tucker, 22, A+/AA: 135 games, .297/.368/.505, 32 2B, 2 3B, 25 HR, 103 RBI, 56 BB/91 SO, 9.3 BB%, 15.1 SO%
Craig spent 112 out of the 119 games in A+ while Tucker played 75 in A+ and 60 in AA. Their advanced numbers while they were A+ are scary close.
Craig: .217 ISO, .339 BABIP, .399 wOBA, 146 wRC+
Tucker: .218 ISO, .339 BABIP, .400 wOBA, 140 wRC+
The whole next season for Craig was spent in AA while it appears Tucker will be in AAA some time this season. It would be a huge success if Tucker was able to make it to the big leagues and produce like Craig. We will all hope for the best but right now he is on the right track.