Tucker was largely forgotten on a roster that included six starters that hit over .300, each of whom hit 10 or more doubles and drove in 27 or more runs.
Still, he’s the veteran leader of this team, and a strong showing in the CWS, in addition to the impressive year he’s had so far, could land him somewhere in the compensation round.
For the year, Tucker is hitting .326 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 52 RBI, the latter two numbers rank second on the squad. That he’s been so good at the plate hasn’t been a surprise. After all, he hit .364 with 15 homers and 85 RBI as a freshman, and .331 with 11 and 49 as a sophomore. He has always shown a great approach at the plate, drawing 14 more walks for his career at UF than strikeouts.
In the field, Tucker has made some significant progress this year. Playing first base, he has made only one error in 57 games, good for a .993 fielding percentage, which just so happens to rank as the best on the team.
The Gators will be a very high seed in the NCAA tournament and will have a huge target on their back. They could use a strong performance from Tucker, who could improve his own draft stock with an impressive showing.