The Cleveland Indians have reportedly signed their first-round draft choice from the 2020 MLB Draft, shortstop Carson Tucker according to MLB reporter Robert Murray. The team also signed second-round pick pitcher Logan Allen and fifth-round pick pitcher Mason Hickman according to a report.
Tucker was the 23rd overall selection in the draft a couple of weeks ago and the pick had a slot value of $2.93 million, but Cleveland was able to sign him to a deal that included a $2 million signing bonus, putting him well under value.
According to scouting reports, most had him as a second round talent with MLB Pipeline rating him as the 52nd overall prospect in the 2020 class.
Tucker, a former University of Texas commit reportedly has “excellent” bat control and has better bat speed over power although that power reportedly improved during his final season of high school ball. He has average speed but the biggest attribute to his game is his defense as of now.
During the pandemic, Carson was able to train for the draft with his older brother Cole who is in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as well as Dodgers outfielder and National League MVP Cody Bellinger.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Indians plan is for Tucker now that he’s officially in the fold. With the team having the ability to form a “taxi squad” due to the shortened season and many of their top prospects will be on that extra roster, will they include Tucker now to keep a close eye on him during his early development or focus on the other shortstops including Tyler Freeman, the Indians second-ranked prospect in the farm system according to MLB Pipeline.