Tucker sees bright baseball future for younger brother

Outfield prospect could play on same team as Kyle if Astros draft him

Tucker sees bright baseball future for younger brother

JUPITER, Fla. -- Astros outfield prospect Preston Tucker could reach the Major Leagues soon considering his Minor League career is off to a promising start, but come June, he might not be the player with the highest ceiling in the organization.

Tucker's brother, Kyle Tucker, could be taken in the first round in June's First-Year Player Draft and has been scouted recently by the Astros, who pick second and fifth in the first round. Tucker is a senior outfielder at Plant High School in Tampa who has been committed to the University of Florida since the end of his freshman season.

"He's the complete opposite of me," said Preston Tucker, a compact 6 feet, 215 pounds. "He's a slim guy, about 6-3, 6-4, plays center field. He throws right, hits left. He's a five-tool guy. It's real fun watching him play."

Preston got a chance to see his brother play a couple of games before he reported to spring camp, and he wants to try to make the drive down I-4 to see a couple of more games this month.

"It's always fun to come back from every baseball season and see how he's gotten better and progressed," Preston said. "It's fun to watch him go through the Draft process and college process I went through."

Preston Tucker was drafted in the seventh round in the 2012 Draft out of Florida after setting school records in hits, at-bats, doubles and RBIs. He led all Astros Minor Leaguers last year with 24 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A.

As far as giving his brother any advice, Preston Tucker said he doesn't need it.

"To me, tools-wise and how he's performed, I think he's a first-rounder," Preston said. "I think he's really good. He's got a good makeup, as well. I think if he went to college, he would succeed there. I think he could go either way, but he's going to be a really good player."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.