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FanGraphs Goes Over Kyle Tucker and Daz Cameron

Dan Foley goes in-depth on the players that will be on the Quad Cities River Bandits to start the 2016 season

The Houston Astros announced the opening day roster of the Quad Cities River Bandits yesterday. The roster is highlighted by two of the Astros' top five prospects, Kyle Tucker and Daz Cameron.

Both players are at a very similar level of development. Both played at the Rookie level last year in the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League. Both are outfielders entering their age 19 season. The two were born two days apart (January 15 and 17).

Tucker bats left-handed and had a .647 OPS in 254 plate appearances last season. Cameron bats and throws right handed and had a .661 OPS in 211 plate appearances. Here are some quotes from an article in February on Fangraphs that talked about Tucker and Cameron . Click here to read the whole article.

Fangraphs on Cameron:

Cameron debuted in Rookie ball after signing last year, and largely had a great showing at the plate and on defense. As a team official described it, he has average or better tools across the board, without any one tool projecting way above average. I do see power potential in his bat as he matures, but right now he doesn’t project for more than below-average pop. He should be able to stick in center field, especially if he can turn his plus or better speed into usable range in the field.

He has all the athletic tools and movements you want to see from a first round, up-the-middle type player. He has great bat speed and a low line-drive swing path, while also showing the makings of a solid gameplan at the plate. Contact issues may come up as he progresses through the system, but there are enough positive qualities to see him developing into an average bat. He also shows a better ability to generate lift in his batting-practice swings, which could show up more in games as he gets comfortable.

Fangraphs on Tucker:

Tucker makes excellent contact, especially for how quick his swing gets and his young age. The quality of that contact may be rough in the early going, as professional pitchers could exploit the holes in his swing until he can adjust. His back elbow tucks under his hands as he strides, and his swing is a one-piece move from there with his hips, hands and bat all accelerating at the same time.

He doesn’t have the sequential efficiency you see with most major league hitters, particularly if you zero in on the power guys. As a result, Tucker has to recognize the pitch very early in its flight to square it up without having much of a mechanism to adjust mid-swing, other than slowing his bat down or diving forward with his upper body to lengthen his path.

Here is some information about some other players that will be starting the season with the River Bandits:

  • Albert Abreu is a promising right-handed pitcher entering his age 20 season. He had a 2.51 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 46.2 innings for the Greeneville Astros at the Rookie level last season.
  • Right-handed pitcher Jose Hernandez had a 3.35 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 37.2 innings at age 20 for Greeneville.
  • Left-handed pitcher Alex Winkelman struck out 59 batters in 52.2 innings for Greeneville. He also had a 3.83 ERA in 42.1 innings for Tri-City of the New York Penn League.
  • Osvaldo Duarte is a 20 year old shortstop prospect that had a .676 OPS last season. He also had 39 runs and stole 17 bases in 23 attempts.
  • First baseman Dexture McCall had a .295 batting average and .376 OBP last season in 226 plate appearances for Tri-City.
  • Bobby Wernes will probably be the Bandits' everyday third baseman. He had an .832 OPS boosted by an OBP of .438 in 222 plate appearances for Tri-City.

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