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Astros call up top prospect Tucker, demote Marisnick

The Houston Astros called up slugging outfielder Kyle Tucker from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday.

According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager AJ Hinch said Tucker will bat seventh and play left field in his major league debut Saturday against the Chicago White Sox.

Tucker followed a big spring training performance by tearing it up in the Pacific Coast League, batting .306 with 14 home runs and 66 RBIs in 80 games.

Outfielder Jake Marisnick, who has struggled at the plate all season, was sent down to Fresno in a corresponding move.

Tucker, 21, was the fifth overall pick by the Astros in 2015, and is widely considered one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

He played either corner outfield spot for 69 of his 80 games with Fresno, his first foray into Triple-A competition.

–Field Level Media

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