Despite missing the entire 2021 college season with an injury, West Virginia shortstop Tevin Tucker will return to action this summer in the newly-formed MLB Draft League. Tucker is the fifth WVU player announced to play in the Draft League this summer.
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🗒️ Revered as perhaps the best defensive player in the Big 12, Tucker has started at SS since his freshman year.
— MLB Draft League (@mlbdraftleague) May 21, 2021
Tucker was WVU’s starting shortstop in 2019 and 2020. He is a career .192 hitter in 76 games with 11 extra-base hits and 26 stolen bases. Prep Baseball Report, who handles scouting for the Draft League, said Tucker is maybe the best defensive player.
“While there’s little doubt that the glove will play at the next level, the jury is still out on Tucker’s bat,” PBR writes. “Showing that he can make an impact at the plate in the Draft League could give the slick-fielding shortstop’s Draft stock a big boost.”
Tucker joins WVU’s Paul McIntosh, Tyler Doanes, Austin Davis and Madison Jeffrey in the Draft League. The Draft League is set to begin its season on Monday. WVU’s regular season will conclude this weekend in Austin, Texas and the Big 12 Tournament is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.