Astros bring up outfielder Kyle Tucker for MLB debut

The Houston Astros have promoted top outfield prospect Kyle Tucker.

Tucker, 21, has been outstanding this season at Triple-A Fresno and will see playing time in the corner outfield for the Astros. He will be in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox, batting seventh and playing left field in his major league debut.

Astros manager AJ Hinch said he plans to play Tucker every day, in left field or right field. Hinch said as the season gets into its latter stages the team needs to see what Tucker can do after his strong showing in both spring ball and the minor leagues.

"Our team got better by adding him to the mix," the manager said.

To make room for Tucker on the roster, the Astros have optioned slumping outfielder Jake Marisnick to Fresno.

Tucker was rated as the No. 21 overall prospect by ESPN's Keith Law and the No. 17 overall prospect by MLB.com earlier this year. The younger brother of former Astros and current Atlanta Braves outfielder Preston Tucker, he was the fifth overall selection in the 2015 draft.

He appeared in 80 games this season at Fresno, batting .306 with 14 home runs, 66 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Marisnick is batting .190 with seven homers in 68 games with the Astros this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.