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Former Gator Preston Tucker signs with Houston Astros



Former Plant standout and former Gator outfielder Preston Tucker has signed with the Houston Astros after being selected in the seventh round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

With his signing, all nine Gators selected in June's draft have now signed professional contracts. Tucker has been assigned to Class A Tri-City Valleycats in Troy, N.Y., in the New York Penn league Class A short season - comprised almost entirely of rookies and second-year pros.

Tucker was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2012 after being a first-team selection during his junior season and a second-team pick in 2010. He led UF’s offense with a .393 (11-for-28) performance in NCAA play and became the first Gator to achieve Regional All-Tournament status all four years of his career. He is the only UF player to earn Most Outstanding Player recognition twice (2009 & 2011). In 30 career NCAA Tourney games, Tucker batted .368 (46-for-125) and holds school records in career at bats (125), hits (46), RBI (31), runs (29), homers (11) and doubles (10).

Tucker, who represented the Gators at the ESPY's last week, accepting the Capital One Award for the men's athletic program, said he's looking forward to the next phase of his life.

"I'm definitely excited,'' Tucker said. "All my friends are already out playing so I know they are loving it right now. I'm definitely going to miss playing with the Gators, but this is a new chapter in my life and I'm ready to get it started.''







[Last modified: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 4:46pm]


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