Astros sign draft pick Kyle Tucker, family convenes at Minute Maid Park to celebrate
Seven days after selecting Kyle Tucker with the fifth pick in the MLB Draft, the Houston Astros officially signed the 18-year-old outfield prospect to a contract on Monday.
The signing of Tucker, the younger brother of current Astro Preston Tucker, was an exciting development for the family, as both Tucker brothers had hoped it would happen.
Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle detailed the signing on Monday, noting that Kyle was given a $4 million signing bonus by the club.
The younger Tucker expressed some enthusiasm about his new organization, as quoted by Ortiz: “With Houston it was a great opportunity. I’ll have the opportunity to hopefully one day play with my brother in the big leagues. It’s overall a great organization. With bringing up young kids this year, hopefully I’ll be a part of that one day.”
The Tuckers' big day worked out perfectly for another reason, as explained by Preston: “It’s cool because my parents and my family were trying to find a time to come watch me play. It so happened that they get to watch me play and my brother signing with the Astros. So I think it’s exciting all around. It’s nice that I’m able to see my family again.”