As the dog days of summer have passed and the playoffs begin taking shape in the MLB, we as fans start looking forward to the offseason awards and who is in the running for these prestigious prizes. MVP, Cy Youngs, ROY, gold gloves, and silver sluggers, etc.
For this article, I’m going to dip down in the Pacific Coast League and bring to light the accomplishments of two players that I’d like to pass on and shout some praise for, that may slip by the average fan.
The PCL has been around for 116 years and only 6 players have accomplished the feat of 30/30 in this league. Kyle Tucker, outfielder for the Round Rock Express stole his 30th base in the 6th inning of their 7-1 victory over the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
Tucker has 32 home runs to go with his 30 steals. The Express are the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Astros have been blessed with very good outfielders this year and Tucker has been able to get the at-bats he needs at the triple-A level, but with numbers like that, he surely will be pushing for major league playing time.
Also, on Saturday, Luis Robert, a prospect for the Chicago White Sox, hit his 30th home run for the triple-A affiliate Charlotte Knights in the second game of a doubleheader. His journey was a little different than Tucker’s as he accomplished the feat over three levels of minor league ball this season.
Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers accomplished this as well in 2014, as a member of the Albuquerque Isotopes. Prior to that, one would have to travel back 80 years to 1934 to find a player matching this feat. The three previous players were Tony Lazzeri (1925), Lefty O’Doul (1927) and Frank Demaree (1934).