In all likelihood, Cole Tucker has played his last game in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform.
The Pirates announced on Monday that Tucker was designated for assignment following the acquisition of former Cleveland infielder Yu Chang.
Tucker was the Pirates 1st round pick (14th overall) in the 2014 MLB draft but struggled with the bat in virtually every opportunity he had in the majors. In 154 career games and 436 at-bats, Tucker hit .211 with 18 doubles, 6 triples and 5 home runs with a .259 OBP and a .573 OPS. In those 436-at bats, Tucker struck out 129 times.
The highlight of Tucker’s career with the Pirates was in his first major league game when his first hit was a home run off Derek Holland in 2019.
Unfortunately for Tucker, he will go down as a first round bust and a pretty big one.
With plenty to choose from, such as John Van Benschoten, Bryan Bullington, Daniel Moskos, Tony Sanchez and Will Craig, who’s been the Pirates’ biggest first-round bust in the last 30 years?