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TAPPS state swimming: St Agnes wins another team title

St. Agnes won its third straight state title. vype.com

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It was a successful TAPPS state swim meet for VYPE-area teams and athletes. Division 1 champ St. Agnes won its third straight state title to lead the team standings, while St. Thomas boys (D1), Second Baptist boys (D2), and Logos Prep boys and girls (D3) weren’t far behind as runners-up. Relay teams and individual swimmers added victories in 14 different events. Check out the final team standings (with bolded area teams) and the region’s race winners!


Division 1 Girls’ Standings (Points)

1. St. Agnes (205.5)
2. Ursuline Academy of Dallas (179)
3. Concordia Lutheran (125)
4. San Antonio Incarnate Word (70)
5. Duchesne (68)
6. Awty (57)
7. Dallas Bishop Lynch (52)
8. Fort Worth Nolan (44)
9. El Paso Loretto Academy (42)
10. Plano John Paul II (27)
11. St John XXIII (26)
12. Dallas Bishop Dunne (15.5)
13. Addison Trinity Christian Academy (15)
14. Brownsville Saint Joseph Academy (11)
15. Incarnate Word Academy (6)
16. Plano Prestonwood (4)
17. The Village School (3)
18. San Antonio Antonian (2)


Area Division 1 Girls’ Event Winners 

200 Yard Freestyle: Concordia Lutheran’s Erin Tilley (1:53.33)

50 Yard Freestyle: Concordia Lutheran’s Monica Gumina (23.30)

500 Yard Freestyle: Concordia Lutheran’s Monica Gumina (4:51.57)

200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Concordia Lutheran’s Monica Gumina, Kaiti Walko, Alexis Daubendiek, Erin Tilley (1:41.27)

400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Concordia Lutheran’s Monica Gumina, Kaiti Walko, Alexis Daubendiek, Erin Tilley (3:39.71)


Division 1 Boys’ Standings (Points)

1. El Paso Cathedral (190)
2. St. Thomas (128)
3. Concordia Lutheran (95)
4. Addison Trinity Christian (80)
5. San Antonio Antonian (79)
6. The Village School (74)
6. Plano John Paul II (74)
8. St. John XXIII (72.5)
9. Plano Prestonwood (34)
10. Awty (31)


Division 2 Girls’ Standings (Points)

1. Austin St. Dominic Savio (177)
2. Grapevine Faith Christian (130)
3. Second Baptist (107)
4. San Antonio Christian (79)
5. Regents School of Austin (65)
6. Episcopal School of Texas (63)
7. Fort Worth Christian (61)
8. Fort Worth All Saints (58)
9. San Antonio Providence (46)
10. Midland Christian (34)
11. Fort Bend Christian Academy (22)
12. Victoria St. Joseph (21)
13. Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (20)
14. Tyler Grace Community (19)
15. Tyler Bishop Gorman (17)
16. Carrollton Prince of Peace Christian (16)
17. Legacy Christian (8)
18. Corpus Christi St. John Paul II (7)


Area Division 2 Girls’ Event Winners 

100 Yard Freestyle: Second Baptist’s Sophie Newell (52.77)


Division 2 Boys’ Standings (Points)

1. Episcopal School of Texas (161)
2. Second Baptist (114)
3. Austin St. Dominic Savio (108)
4. San Antonio Christian (99)
5. Regents School of Austin (67)
6. Tyler Bishop Gorman (63)
7. Austin St. Michaels (59)
8. Fort Worth Southwest Christian (51)
9. Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (49.5)
10. Fort Worth All Saints (37)
11. Fort Bend Christian Academy (36)
12. Victoria St. Joseph (25)
13. Lutheran South Academy (24)
14. Carrollton Prince of Peace Christian (18)
15. Faith West Academy (15)
16. Legacy Christian (9.5)
17. San Antonio Saint Mary’s Hall (8)
18. Grapevine Faith Christian (6)
19. Midland Christian (1)


Division 3 Girls’ Standings (Points)

1. Lutheran High School of San Antonio (100)

2. Logos Preparatory Academy (92)

3. Austin Veritas (91)

3. The Woodlands Christian Academy (91)

5. St Thomas Episcopal (84)

6. Frassati Catholic (74)

7. Dallas Shelton (58)

8. Geneva School of Boerne (36)

9. Waco Vanguard (28)

9. Trinity Christian Academy (28)

11. Rockwall Christian Heritage (25)

12. Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills (24)

13. Austin Brentwood (23)

14. Bay Area Christian School (21)

14. Coram Deo Academy (21)

16. Arlington Pantego (19)

16. Colleyville Covenant (19)

18. Marble Falls Faith (17)

18. Bryan St. Joseph (17)

20. Midland Classical (14)

21. Denton Calvary (12)

22. Cypress Christian (11)

22. Waco Eagle Christian (11)

24. Victoria Faith (9)

25. Austin Waldorf (7)

26. Abilene Christian (6)

27. Dallas International School (4)

27. San Antonio Keystone (4)

29. Saint John Paul II (3)

30. Dallas First Baptist (2)

31. San Marcos Academy (1)


Area Division 3 Girls’ Event Winners 

200 Yard Medley Relay: The Woodlands Christian Academy (2:00.94)

200 Yard Freestyle: The Woodlands Christian Academy’s Megan Murphy (1:55.41)

100 Yard Freestyle: St Thomas’ Episcopal’s Kathryn Schwartz (54.84)

100 Yard Backstroke: The Woodlands Christian Academy’s Megan Murphy (59.66)

400 Yard Freestyle Relay: St Thomas’ Episcopal (3:53.50)


Division 3 Boys’ Standings (Points)

1. Austin Veritas (159)

2. Logos Preparatory Academy (118)

3. Geneva School of Boerne (113)

4. Legacy Preparatory Christian (74)

5. Frassati Catholic (56)

6. Cypress Christian (49)

7. The Christian School at Castle Hills (45)

7. Dallas Shelton (45)

9. Austin Hill Country Christian (41)

10. Amarillo Ascension (40)

11. Allen Academy (29)

12. Round Rock Concordia High School (23)

13. St Thomas Episcopal (20)

14. Trinity School of Midland (19)

15. Lubbock All Saints (14)

16. Saint John Paul II (13)

16. Sherman Texoma Christian (13)

16. Covenant Academy (13)

19. Lutheran High School of San Antonio (12)

20. Colleyville Covenant (10)

21. Pasadena First Baptist (9)

21. Brazos Christian (9)

23. Temple Holy Trinity Catholic (8)

24. Dallas Alcuin (6)

25. Northland Christian (5)


Area Division 3 Boys’ Event Winners 

50 Yard Freestyle: Legacy Preparatory Christian’s Clay Burkhard (22.16)

100 Yard Butterfly: Logos Preparatory Academy’s Joshua Sauer (53.46)

100 Yard Backstroke: Cypress Christian’s Elliott Jones (51.91)


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Kyle Tucker finally had his breakout season in 2020. The 23-year-old flashed potential to be a legitimate five-tool threat. He slashed .268/.325/.512, swiped eight bags, and played above average defense. Is Tucker's performance sustainable? Not only that, but is there room for growth?

Hard Hit % - 44.5%

Barrel % - 9.1%

K % - 20.2%

BB % - 7.9%
Chase % - 26.2%

The first thing to realize with Kyle Tucker is the small sample size at the MLB level. Despite appearing in three separate seasons, he's played in a total of 108 games, which is obviously quite a bit shy of even one full season. He also has an extremely unique swing that you wouldn't teach to anybody, but it "works" for him. This makes him a tough hitter to judge, as it's uncomfortable judging mechanics that work for him, and it's uncomfortable judging numbers that haven't had time to develop trends.

Hard Hit, Barrel, and Chase numbers are unavailable for the minors, but walk and strikeouts percentages are. This creates the ability to at least look at one trend.

Tucker broke onto the scene in 2018 with a monstrous season for AAA Fresno, the Astros affiliate at the time. In 2018, Tucker slashed .332/.400/.590 with 24 homers and 20 steals. He had an 18.1% K% and a 10.3% BB% that season. In 2019, Tucker struck out a little bit more (21.6%) but also walked a little bit more (11.2%). Tucker's 20.2% K% in 2020 is more in line with his minor league K%, indicating he's adjusted to major league pitching.

Tucker essentially put the pieces of contact ability and quality of contact from his previous MLB stints together in 2020. In 2018, Tucker didn't strike out very much (18.1% K%), but his 3.9% Barrel % didn't strike fear in any opponent.

In 2019, Tucker had a 12.8% Barrel %, and his 92 MPH average exit velocity is the best of his three seasons in MLB, but he struck out 27.8% of the time and walked just 5.6% of the time.

In 2020, there's a marriage between the two. His K% and BB% aren't as good as his 2018 marks, but they're better than his 2019 marks. His exit velocity and Barrel % aren't as good as his 2019 marks, but they're better than his 2018 marks. Tucker became a hitter that was able to do more damage without sacrificing consistency.

Tucker had a xBA of .267, which is right in line with his .268 average. His .459 xSLG lags behind his .512 actual SLG, but it isn't a catastrophic drop. The version of Tucker Astros fans saw is essentially who he is, but how does he improve?

What really unlocked Tucker in 2020 was a change in his setup.

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Here he is on August 2nd against the Angels. As you can see, he's standing pretty straight up, and he has a "neutral" stance. Following the game on Aug. 2, Tucker was batting .200/.250/.300 with no homers.

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Here's Tucker on August 6th, just a few days later. He's started to close off his stance just a bit, but he's still pretty neutral, and he has a little more forward body lean with his torso. Following the game on Aug. 6, he was batting .214/.267/.357 with a homer.

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Now, here's Tucker on August 10th. His stance is considerably closed off, and he's maintaining the forward body lean he adopted on August 6th. Following the game on Aug. 10, Tucker was batting .190/.230/.328. It would be the last time any of those numbers would be that low the rest of the year. He maintained that stance for the rest of the season, and he finished the month of August hitting .272/.333/.588.

The swing change allowed him to be a factor on the outside pitch. Tucker would pull off on his front side, which made it tough for him to keep balls fair on the pull side. He'd often yank inside fastballs into the stands down the right field line. It also made him uncompetitive on outside strikes, as he'd either swing-and-miss, or roll them over into the shift.

After he made the change, Tucker started steering inside pitches fair, and he was able to do something with pitches on the outer third.

The next step is finding a way to continue to diversify his batted ball profile. Tucker's pull percentage in 2020 was 47%. That's a higher pull % than guys like Kyle Schwarber and Matt Olson. It was only 1% lower than Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo.

The one dimensional batted ball profile allows teams to shift Tucker aggressively. Teams shifted Tucker in 74% of his at-bats. His wOBA against the shift is .304. In AB's where teams didn't shift him, Tucker had a .455 wOBA. The shift hurts Tucker more than most as well, because he hits the ball on the ground 39% of the time. Gallo and Olson hit it on the ground 32% and 35% of the time respectively.

Lastly, Tucker's performance on breaking balls leaves a lot to be desired. He crushes fastballs, as he batted .303 with a .574 SLG against fastballs in 2020, with a .292 xBA and .528 xSLG. His .208 AVG and .396 SLG against breaking balls aren't very good, and his .209 xBA and .340 xSLG don't tell a prettier story. His 32% whiff % against breaking balls is nearly double his whiff % on fastballs.

If Tucker can learn to be more competitive against breaking balls and learn to use the whole field, then he'll be a really scary hitter. If he doesn't, teams will be able to gameplan for him, and he'll see streaky production similar to other one dimensional hitters like Matt Carpenter and the aforementioned Gallo and Olson.

While the bat may be streaky, Tucker brings it with the glove and on the bases. He had 5 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) in the outfield in 2020, a 0.6 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating), and he was plus-4 in Outs Above Average. His well above average speed and instincts give him the ability to be a rangy outfielder and dangerous baserunner.

Tucker had a breakout season in 2020, but there's still changes left to be made if he wants to be a breakout star and not a one hit wonder.

This is part four of an offseason series covering the 2020 Houston Astros. Be sure to check out parts 1-3 on SportsMap.

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