wanks1212 Posted April 26, 2008 Share Posted April 26, 2008 Ryan Tucker makes my pants feel tighter. So far this season: 27.2 IP, 20 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 9 BB, 27K. Good for a 1.05 WHIP and 1.30 ERA. He isn't 22 until December. Tucker's a different type of pitcher than Volstad. He's far more overpowering, as he's consistenly able to hit the mid to high 90's on the gun, whereas Volstad is a severe groundball pitcher in the Brandon Webb mode (not a comp, just an example). Because of his velocity, some viewed Tucker more as a future closer, and before this season it seemed that would be Tucker's career track. Tucker used to start the season slowly and then show these types of numbers later in the year, but to begin the season this way? Wow. Let's hope he doesn't still experience the severe first half/second half splits, unless this is his "bad half," in which case holy f***. Most people are championing Volstad as a mid-year callup, if not sooner. And they're right. But if Tucker can remotely sustain his early success, he'll to be a strong candidate for a 2009 rotation spot, if he doesn't get a call sometime around June or July of this year. So, whenever you hear somebody talking about Chris Volstad's MLB prospects, you should drop Ryan Tucker's name into the conversation as well. It'll make you seem smart. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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