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Kyle Tucker on historical pace for Express

The outfielder is the fifth player in PCL history to have 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season

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Kyle Tucker’s first season in Round Rock has been historic. 

The Express outfielder became the fifth player in the 116-year history of the Pacific Coast League to record 30 home runs and 30 steals. He reached the mark with a steal in the sixth inning on Saturday. 

"It was cool," Tucker said. "It was one of the goals I set at the beginning of the year."

On top of that, the top prospect in the Houston Astros organization was named to the 2019 All-Pacific Coast League Team. 

The most recent 30-30 season was in 2014 when Albuquerque’s Joc Pederson accomplished the feat. Other players to record 30-30 seasons in the league include Los Angeles’ Frank Demaree in 1934, San Francisco’s Lefty O’Doul in 1927 and Salt Lake City’s Tony Lazzeri in 1925.

Tucker is the sixth Round Rock player to record at least 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season. He’s just the third player in PCL history to record back-to-back 20-20 seasons after finishing with 24 home runs and 20 steals last year. 

Additionally, this marks the third straight 20-20 season for the top prospect, as he combined to steal 21 bases and blast 25 home runs between Class A-Advanced Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi in 2017.

He was the Astros’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018 and was named to the PCL All-Star team in each of the last two seasons. 

Tucker has already set career highs in home runs (32), RBIs (94), runs scored (89), total bases (247) and walks (57). Overall, he is hitting to a .267 batting average (119-445) with 26 doubles and three triples with the Express this season. 

"Tucker has been with us since day one," Express manager Mickey Storey said. "In baseball, there are so many stretches of good and bad, and he's had his fair share of both of those. He's worthy of every award because of how he plays and backs it up."

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