Altoona Curve shortstop Cole Tucker is rated by Baseball America as the Pirates #5 prospect and his rise through the system earned him a couple days with the big league club during Spring Training.
The Phoenix, Arizona native led all Pirate minor leaguers with 47 steals last season to go along with 11 triples. And even though it was just a couple of days with the big league club, Tucker says the experience will pay dividends down the road.
“I got to go hang out with Jordy Mercer and Sean Rodriguez every day and kind of shadow them and learn from them because ultimately they’re who I want to be and who I’m working towards being. So to go there and play with and against guys that you’ve seen growing up is kind of…… cool. You’re looking across the field and there’s Joe Mauer or there’s Adam Jones, Manny Machado, whatever. So you see those really cool baseball players and get to play against them which is cool but honestly I think being there for the first time before I’m there competing for a job I think is going to be really important for me going forward when it is going to come time for me to make a club,” Tucker said.
The Curve open their season Thursday against Akron at Peoples Natural Gas Field with first pitch set for 6 pm.