Multiple sources reported today that 5th overall draftee Kyle Tucker signed a contract to join the Astros organization. Tucker, the team's second pick in the first round, was considered by most to be one of the best high school bats in the draft this year. Many draft boards had him listed as one of the top-10 overall prospects. In the world of hyperbole, Peter Gammons on draft night compared his swing to Ted Williams...so looks like he has some big shoes to fill.
#Astros have signed OF Kyle Tucker, selected with fifth-overall selection in the first round of the 2015 MLB First Year Player Draft.— #VoteAltuve (@astros) June 15, 2015
In his senior year at Plant High School in Tampa, Fl, Tucker hit .484 with 10 home runs. He was named the Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year. According to mlbpipeline.com (via Twitter), Tucker's signing bonus was a slight discout at $4 million, $188, 700 less than his slot value. With this signing, Kyle now joins his brother, Astros rookie outfielder Preston with the organization. It is unknown with which affiliate he will start his career.
"I want you guys to know the Tucker in the lineup is Preston," Hinch said after Astros signed Kyle.— Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) June 15, 2015
Preston Tucker on sharing moment with brother Kyle who signed with Astros: "He's excited and obviously I am as well. This is pretty cool."— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) June 15, 2015
Kyle Tucker gets deal with Astros & will go thru batting practice w/team:"I feel like it'll be kind of weird being with guys u watch on TV"— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) June 15, 2015
The Tucker brothers at Minute Maid Park pic.twitter.com/U1SSwo67ti— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) June 15, 2015