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[Interview] A Chat with Draft Prospect Avery Tuck

I’ve seen you listed 6’5″/175, is that still accurate?
“I am slightly over 6’5″ now, a fact I am very proud of since I am just taller than my father now! As for my weight I am about 202lbs.”

When was the first time you realized you could do something with baseball?
“I think I always thought I could play at a high level, but really when I played in Fort Myers, Florida for Perfect Games National Showcase. That was my coming out party. I always knew I could play, but those where the best players I had ever been around and the fact I could hold my own showed me I was meant to play this game.”

We obviously know about baseball, but are you playing any other sports?
“I gave up all other sports this year to focus on the draft, or being prepared for college. Growing up from 9 until 11 I did Muay Thai, Basketball until my freshman year, and Football until my senior year. Baseball has always been the sport I enjoyed the most, although Football is a sport I considered pursuing at the next level.”

Did you have a favorite player growing up? Were there any players you looked up to?
“I don’t really have one favorite player, but I do look up to a few players such as, Derek Jeter, Bryce Harper, and Mike Trout. The way they play the game, the leadership they provide, and how clutch they are when the game is on the line is something I think every baseball player hopes to emulate.”

Have you been compared to any minor/major league player?
“A few, David Justice, Darryl Strawberry, and Jason Heyward. I think people see the left handed swing, and the fact we are all big guys. I would love to have a career and success of any of these players.”

Can you give me a description of your game? What your strengths and weaknesses are on offense and defense.
“I have never been the hype man in the dugout, and sometimes people take that the wrong way. I get my demeanor from my mother, calm and collected. As for my strengths, I think because of my size I have some power. I hope that continues to develop as I hit the weights more, and work on my swing. My weaknesses is probably consistency with my swing.”

What is your approach at the plate? Are you a patient or aggressive hitter? Where do you hit in the lineup?
“Currently I am hitting first in the lineup, which just changed. Prior to that I hit third all season. I try to be patient at the plate, and see pitches early, especially the first time I see the pitcher, then I become more aggressive. I am actually working on being more aggressive right away, as I think I let to many good pitches go by early.”

What would you say has been your best baseball moment so far?
“I’ve had a few, but the biggest was probably playing at Petco Park for PG All-American Game.”

How many teams have you heard from? Are the Yankees one of the teams that have shown interest?
“I have had sit down interviews with about 24 teams, and yes the Yankees are one of them.”

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If a situation presented itself where you got drafted and a team offered you a good contract, is playing professional baseball right out of high school something you would consider?
“My dream has always been to play Professional baseball. So if the situation presented itself, absolutely!”

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