The Indians have agreed to terms with first-round draft choice Carson Tucker, according to Robert Murray (via Twitter). He’ll receive a $2MM bonus.
Tucker will follow older brother Cole Tucker, an infielder with the Pirates, in chasing the big league dream. The younger sibling was chosen 23rd overall, a choice that came with a $2.93MM slot value.
Most draft pundits graded Tucker as a second-round talent. But that’s not quite how the Indians saw — though they did get him for an under-slot rate.
ESPN.com’s Kiley McDaniel slapped the highest ranking on the younger Tucker brother, listing him as the 33rd-best available player. Per McDaniel, the Arizona high-schooler “is a hit-first plus athlete” who was on the rise as the draft approached.