The Pittsburgh Pirates Have Optioned Cole Tucker to AAA

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It was announced today that the Pittsburgh Pirates were recalling infielder Rodolfo Castro from AAA and optioning Cole Tucker to Indianapolis.  The move comes after many Pirate fans have lamented every time Tucker was in the Pirates lineup since Opening Day.  

The former 1st round pick in 2014, Tucker, has had a rocky start to his MLB career.  In four years he has just a .211 career batting average and a .573 career OPS.  Those are bad by any standards, but especially for a 1st round pick who has now had over 450 plate appearances in the big leagues.

Tucker was said to have adjusted his approach at the plate this season and it has led to even worse results.  in 2022 he is batting .175 with a .397 OPS.  .397 OPS!  I thought they gave you a .400 OPS just for tying your cleats correctly.  

Castro hasn't performed much better in his cup of coffee in the big leagues, albeit with much fewer plate appearances and much younger than Tucker at 22 years old.  He will get his first opportunity to start tonight at shortstop and is batting 9th in the order.  

As far as we know this is just a move to get Tucker work down in the minors, but we also may have seen the last of Cole Tucker in a Pirates jersey.


  1. As both a long-time Pirate fan and high school baseball/basketball coach for many years, it's always disappointing to see a player evaluated with high marks talent wise for some reason just not be able to achieve the level of performance everyone expected. Add to this the disappointment of the player himself who through it all remained so positive as he worked so hard to overcome his deficient hitting skills but just could not do so. From a coach's perspective, whenever you have such a player, it is also frustrating to see the player go through this whenever you also see what a positive attitude he or she displays in supporting their teammates rather than letting their frustrations and disappointments stand in the way. I can't help but think Cole Tucker is a perfect example. I know he was just as frustrated with his inability to contribute more as were the fans who have expressed their frustrations as well. I know the numerous opportunities the Pirates gave him to play and hopefully work his way out of his "funk," but it just didn't happen resulting in Cole's being sent down once again - more than likely the last time. Despite his deficiencies, he was the kind of player fans pulled for and hoped could and would be a key Pirate contributor. Whether or not this will ever happen, remains to be seen. While hoping that he will somehow, some way, and some day reach the level all have hoped for, I really wish him the best for whatever team he may play. I can't help but believe that this is the wish of many Pirates fans as well!


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