Tucker tosses six strong innings in first start of June

Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Braydon Tucker

As Braydon Tucker was going through the ramp-up period of his progression, before coming off the seven-day injured list for the first time in his professional career, the Clearwater Threshers outlined a plan for him to get an inning of work out of the bullpen before returning to the starting rotation.

The idea came to fruition on June 11 against the Tampa Tarpons, the Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, when the former Northview standout threw a scoreless inning – albeit in the first inning of the game – and struck out two of the three batters he faced.

Five days later, Tucker opened the game in the series finale against the Tarpons. This time, though, the right-hander was cleared for a full workload, and that’s exactly what he gave the Philadelphia Phillies’ Single-A affiliate.

Tucker put together the best outing of his career, throwing six innings of one-run baseball that saw him allow one hit and two walks while striking out four to earn his third win of the season and push his ERA to 3.18.

Assuming he stays on turn through the rotation, Tucker is expected to make his second start of the month this weekend against the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Single-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. After wrapping up the six-game series against Jupiter on Sunday afternoon, Clearwater will return home on Tuesday to begin a series against the Bradenton Marauders, the Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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