‘KBO 50 home run’ Geopo, triple A bombing → major contract… Kim Ha-sung eats rice in one pot

Outfielder Preston Tucker, a familiar face to domestic fans, eats rice with Kim Ha-seong.

The San Diego Padres announced on the 19th (Korean time) that they had signed a major league contract with Preston Tucker. Shortly after his signing, Tucker was placed on the injured list (IL) due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

It is a situation where he has to focus on recovery, but if Tucker returns without any problems, he will be able to make a big league comeback after 5 years since 2018. He also eats rice with infielder Kim Ha-seong, who has established himself as a key player in the team.

Tucker, who was nominated by the Houston Astros in 2012, played big league games in Houston for two years from 2015. The following year, he continued his playing career with the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves. He is also known as the older brother of Kyle Tucker, who currently plays for Houston.

Tucker, who moved to Korea the following year, walked the KBO League stage wearing a KIA Tigers uniform. 

His career performance over the three years was 364 games, 1367 at-bats, 388 hits, a batting average of 0.284, 50 home runs, and 222 RBIs. In particular, Tucker hit 32 home runs in 2020, when the season started late in the aftermath of Corona 19. In 21 years since Tracy Sanders (40) in 1999 in the history of the KIA club, a foreign batter with 30 home runs was born.

However, Tucker, who fell short of expectations with 111 hits in 468 at bats in 127 games in the 2021 season, 0.237, 9 homers and 59 RBIs, failed to renew the contract with KIA and returned to the United States. Last year, he played for the Atlanta-affiliated Triple-A Gwynn Netstripers, and this year for the San Diego-affiliated Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas.메이저사이트

In particular, this year, he showed off his improved sense of hitting with 52 hits in 152 at-bats in 44 games, a batting average of 0.342, 10 homers, 36 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.126. It was not bad even considering the characteristics of the PCL (Pacific Coast League), which shows the ride-to-jerk phenomenon, and San Diego also looked at Tucker’s performance positively.

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