RC Interview with Wilson Tucker

Wilson Tucker's first week in professional baseball couldn't have gone much better. The Burlington Royals are off to a great start, and Tucker, a 22-year old outfielder from Belmont University, is a big reason for the early success. Through his first eight games, Tucker sports a .344 batting average with a league-leading three home runs. On Friday, RC chatted with Tucker about his great start.

Royals Corner: Wilson, what's your first week as a professional baseball player been like?

Wilson Tucker: I think it's going great. I can't complain about anything at all right now. It's great.

RC: Are you getting to know the guys on the team pretty well? Does anyone stand out to you as being particularly impressive?

WT: It's a great bunch of guys. I can't think of one of the top of my head. We all get along pretty well. It's a great bunch of guys and a good atmosphere to play in. I'm having a great time.

Tucker hit three home runs in his first week as a professional

RC: You came in and have been swinging the bat really well these first few games. Did it surprise you to get off to such a hot start, or is it something you expected?

WT: Well, it's something that I was hoping for, but I don't know that it was something that I was expecting. It's always nice to be able to get in there at the beginning of the season and get some good hits. You do what you can. I'm just happy, that's all I can say.

RC: How'd it feel to be drafted? Was that your first time being selected?

WT: Yeah, that was my first time being drafted, and I was a little shaky about it. I was scared it wasn't going to happen, and I went a little bit later. I was just real excited. I wasn't even watching it -- I was gone fishing. I was really excited when I found out that I'd been drafted.

RC: Could you talk a little about your college program at Belmont? Also, what type of experience have you had with wood bats?

WT: Yeah, my sophomore year I played in Thunder Bay in the Northwoods League, and then my junior year, I played in the Cape and the Texas League. So I've hit with wood before, it's not my first time. At Belmont, it's great. I love my coaches there and the players there, and it was a great experience for me. I can't say enough about them.

Tucker lines a double up the left field line on Friday

RC: What type of hitter do you expect to develop into? What would you like to see?

WT: I have no idea. We'll see what happens.

RC: What types of things are you working on at the plate right now?

WT: Just hitting the ball on the sweet spot. I don't care where it goes, I just want to hit it hard.

RC: Speaking of that, [Friday night] you had a base hit to each field. Do you usually spray the ball all around the field, or are you generally more of a pull hitter?

WT: Yeah, I'm probably more of a pull hitter, but I don't know what happened. I just tried to hit it hard.

RC: Let's talk a little bit about your defense. How do you feel that's progressing, and what do you bring to the table in the outfield?

WT: I'm comfortable, and I feel fine out there. I don't know…I've had a couple balls hit out there, but we'll see what happens.

Tucker gunned down a runner at the plate on Saturday

RC: Do you feel you have the arm to stay in right field?

WT: I can hold my own.

RC: Thanks for talking with me, Wilson.

WT: I appreciate it.

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