Cole Bryson Tucker...Is a 2014 graduate of Mountain Pointe (AZ) High School, where he hit .404 with eight doubles, four triples, five home runs and 30 RBI in 27 games as a senior...Was named a West All-Region first-team and Perfect Game second-team All-American in 2014... Led the 18U USA National team to a 2013 World Cup...Was committed to play baseball at the University of Arizona before signing with the Pirates...Was rated as the second-best high school player in Arizona by Baseball America prior to the 2014 draft...His father, Jackie, is a former minor league infielder in the St. Louis farm system (1984) who also played professionally in Europe and Canada...His mom, Erin, excelled at volleyball and track at the University of Arizona...Signed by Pirates scout Mike Steele.
Entered season ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's sixth-best prospect and as the "Fastest Baserunner" in the Pirates minor league system...Spent entire season as the everyday shortstop with Double-A Altoona...Led Eastern League in games played and stolen bases and tied for the league lead in triples...Also ranked second in the league in at bats, fourth in runs scored and fifth in hits...Led all Eastern League shortstops with a .973 fielding percentage, 131 games played, 511 total chances, 182 putouts and 315 assists...Led all Pittsburgh minor league players in games played while tying for the organizational lead in stolen bases along with Alfredo Reyes; his 35 stolen bases were the fourth-highest in a single season in Altoona club history...Hit .321 thru his first 15 games from 4/5-23 before going 2-for-40 between 4/25 and 5/7...Stole first two bases of the season on 5/20 vs. Portland while going 3-for-4 at the plate...Hit .349 (15-for-43) with two doubles, a triple and seven RBI over a 10-game stretch from 5/20-30... Connected for his first home run on 6/13 at Binghamton (all five of his homers were solo shots)...Hit second home run on 7/4, one day after his 22nd birthday, while also reaching base safely four times...Led the Eastern League and Pirates organization with 25 runs scored during the month of July...Became the first and only Curve player to reach 40 multi-hit games in a season with a 2-for-4 performance on 8/30...Started 85 consecutive games at shortstop from 6/1 to 8/30...Hit .390 (16-for-41) over the last 11 games of the regular season...Batted .311 (32-for-103) vs. lefties and .246 (102-for-414) off righties...Started Game Two of the Eastern League Division Series with a leadoff home run on 9/6 at Akron...Hit a game-tying grand slam during a five-run fifth inning on 9/7 vs. Akron to help the Curve erase a 5-0 deficit in Game Three of the Division Series...Ended the season ranked by MLB.com as Pittsburgh's fifth-best prospect... Was the recipient of the Altoona Curve Fan Appreciation Award...Played for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League and hit .370 (30-for-81) with five doubles, one triple, 11 RBI and an .899 OPS in 20 games...Ranked third among the league leaders in batting and fourth in OBP (.442)...Was named to the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game and to the league's Top Prospects team; was also the recipient of the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.
Entered season ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's eighth-best prospect...Hit a combined .275 (122- for-444) with 19 doubles, 11 triples, six home runs, 50 RBI and 47 stolen bases between Single-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona...Ranked first among all Pirates minor leaguers in triples and stolen bases, third in runs scored and sixth in hits...Was named to the Florida State League's mid- and post-season AllStar teams...Ranked first in the Florida State League in stolen bases and seventh in all of minor league baseball...His 47 stolen bases were the most by a Pirates farmhand since Pedro Powell had 67 in 2007...Reached base safely in 28 straight games from 4/19 to 5/22; the second-longest streak in the Florida State League for the season...Was named the Florida State League's hitter-of-the-week for the week of 5/8-14...Recorded a team record-tying seven RBI on 5/12; the only other player in Bradenton history to collect seven RBI in a game was Jeremy Farrell in 2010 in the Marauders' first game in team history...Hit .358 (19-for-53) in 13 games during the month of July with the Marauders...Was promoted to Altoona on 7/20 and went 0-for-5 with two errors in his Double-A debut that night at Bowie...Hit safely in six straight games from 7/24-30...Hit his first Double-A home run on 8/21 at Hartford; a two-run, go-ahead shot as part of a three-hit game...Walked four times on 8/28, the most by a Curve player in 2017 and tied for the most in a game in club history...Ended the regular season with a 16-game on-base streak...Hit .348 (23-for-66) with four doubles, two triples, two homers, 12 RBI and 13 walks over final 17 regular season games from 8/17 to 9/4...Went 3-for-5 with two doubles in Game One of the Western Division Series on 9/7 at Bowie...Fractured his left hand in Game Two of the Division Series on 9/8...Finished the season ranked as Pittsburgh's fifth-best prospect by MLB.com.
Began season with Single-A West Virginia…Made season debut in May after recovering from shoulder surgery…Appeared in 15 games for the Power before being promoted to Bradenton on 5/28 after Kevin Newman was placed on the D.L. with a fractured orbital…Appeared in 65 games for the Marauders…Went 2-for-3 with a walk in his first game with Bradenton on 5/29.
Spent entire season with Single-A West Virginia Power...Made all 73 of his appearances at shortstop...Went 4-for-5 with a double and a walk on 7/1 vs. Kannapolis… Swiped a career-high three bases against Hickory on 5/18… Hit .325 and produced a .798 OPS in 20 games in July… Sat out all of August with a shoulder injury that required surgery for a torn labrum on 8/25...Ranked fifth among all Pittsburgh minor leaguers in stolen bases.
Spent first professional season in the Gulf Coast League after being selected by the Pirates in the first round of the June Draft...Made his professional debut on 6/23 vs. GCL Blue Jays and went 0-for-3 with two walks…Hit his first career home run on 8/1 against the GCL Yankees…Ranked second in the league in runs scored and recorded a leagueleading eight sacrifice hits.