Preston Tucker made his mark on the 2015 Houston Astros in his rookie season. Tucker batted .243 (73x300) with 35 runs scored, 19 doubles, 13 home runs and 33 RBIs. He played a majority of his time in the field in left and right field.
A recurring question this offseason has been with Tucker's size and the logjam in the outfield the Astros, that Tucker wouldn't be better served playing first base. First base is arguably the biggest hole the Astros have at the moment with the departure of Chris Carter and stagnation of Jon Singleton.
The response each time from the Astros is Tucker is an outfielder. Houston Chronicle beat writer Evan Drellich echoed that well know fact in response to a question on twitter today:
Tucker can play any position on the field if asked to. The Houston Astros LLC don't plan to use him beyond OF, DH https://t.co/yzMM6HKB6Q— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) January 13, 2016
The beauty of twitter is that it allows player to directly address those same questions.
@EvanDrellich @Rocketsbia @ChronBrianSmith BOOM pic.twitter.com/pYFrCvZ3M2— Preston Tucker (@PrestonTucker20) January 13, 2016
Tucker linked to the 2010 SEC baseball awards. Tucker was selected as the first baseman on the all-defensive team. Tucker played four seasons (2009-2012) at Florida, batting .329 (341x1035) with 57 home runs and 258 RBIs.
Remember the last time an Astros player responded to a reporter's tweet:
I don't see my name... Weird "@brianmctaggart: Cosart, Appel, Lyles, Alex White, Thurman, McCullers, Foltynewicz, Peacock, Velasquez, etc— Dallas Keuchel (@kidkeuchy) July 13, 2013