Tucker closes out June with stellar start against Bradenton

Sunday, July 7, 2024
Braydon Tucker

Coming off the seven-day injured list for the first time in his professional career, former Northview standout Braydon Tucker, pitching for the Clearwater Threshers, checked every box that was put in front of him in his return to game action.

The right-handed pitcher threw a combined seven innings – one inning in his first start and six innings in his second start – of one-run baseball against the Tampa Tarpons, the New York Yankees, in the same week, which placed him back into the Thresher pitching rotation for their next two turns through it.

In those pair of outings, Tucker continued to string together solid performances. Against the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Single-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, on June 23, the hard-throwing righty worked through traffic. Jupiter cobbled together seven hits and one walk against Tucker, but he managed to keep them to just two runs while striking out four batters. One week later, in a start against the Bradenton Marauders, the Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tucker was sharp. He surrendered one run on two hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings to pick up the win to close out the month of June.

In June, Tucker made four appearances, all of which were starts, and threw 17 innings. The former Knight posted a 2-1 record and a 2.12 ERA while striking out nearly one batter per inning.

On Saturday, as the calendar flipped to July, Tucker returned to the bullpen. Appearing against the Dunedin Blue Jays, the Single-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, the hard-throwing right-hander worked three innings in the middle of the game. He allowed two runs – one of which came on a solo home run hit by former Cincinnati Red and current Toronto Blue Jay minor league signee Joey Votto, who was on a rehab assignment after injuring his ankle during Spring Training – on two hits and one walk while striking out four batters.

Following Saturday’s finale against Dunedin, the Threshers will have off days on Sunday and Monday before continuing their road trip on Tuesday when they open a six-game series against the Palm Beach Cardinals, the Single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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