I don’t get it. After last night’s game, this may seem like hitting him when he is down, but this is not a new thought for me. Anyone who reads the bus ride regularly may recall my comments there from a couple years ago. I am certainly not a scout or a professional, so I have tried to remain optimistic as the Astro brass is apparently sold on his future value. But I still don’t get it.
I have watched a lot of baseball over the past 60+ years, and it still seems to me that Tucker suffers by comparison to Jason Layne - not just to Ted Williams. Layne Tore the cover off the ball in Round Rock, ran the bases well, and played an adequate CF. His arm was not too strong, but was very accurate. Tucker may have a stronger arm, but his throws are often off line, resulting in a lot of extra bases by those who have learned to take the chance.
It is at the plate, though, that the comparison really kicks in. I was pretty young when I saw Williams, but having studied him some since, I wonder if he ever really got fooled by a pitcher or extended the strike zone unnecessarily. Tucker does both regularly. And when Layne got to the bigs, it did not take pitchers long to find holes in his swing. Tucker’s unorthodox swing is hard for me to evaluate, but it has always seemed to be vulnerable in that regard. I will try to remain optimistic, but the apparent confidence in him as a mainstay in the OF dir the next decade seems misplaced to me.
I don’t get it.