PURCELLVILLE, VA--- The Cannons have added to the 2018 Roster with the additions of Three Student-Athletes from New Mexico Junior College. The Cannons have signed Joab Gonzales, Avery Tuck, and Tuck Tucker from the Thunderbirds.
Joab Gonzalez is a 5’11”/175lb freshman Shortstop from the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy in Gurabo, PR. Gonzalez is described by Baseball Factory as, “an athletic shortstop prospect who is one of the top defenders in the 2017 [graduation] class. He has smooth actions with a quick first step and outstanding soft, sure hands. He is a natural in the field and finishes plays with plenty of arm across the diamond.” Not only is Joab a premier defensive Shortstop, he can swing the bat exceptionally well. Joab has a calm approach at the plate with exceptional contact skills. He currently has gap-to-gap power and works the ball to all fields. Joab also has elite speed, as showcased by his 6.6sec sixty yard Dash recorded by Perfect Game. The Cannons are extremely excited to have Joab join the Cannons family and he will be an impact player for us come the summer season.
Avery Tuck is a name that many scouts and fans alike have heard. Avery hails from San Diego California and is a 6’5”/206lbs Outfielder with tremendous raw power and athleticism. Avery was drafted in June 2016 by the Houston Astros in the 26th Round. He was ranked by Perfect Game as the #6 Outfielder in the Nation and the 44th ranked player Overall for the class of 2016. Avery was predicted to be a late first round to early second round picks in the draft; but when his name wasn’t called early, he decided to attend college. Tuck has power to all fields and that is something that separates him from other young power hitters. It’s not rare to find young guys that can mash balls out to the pull side, but it is rare to find someone that can go to all fields with power. In the elite level showcases, Avery was able to take advanced pitching hard the other way. He has the ability to generate top of the line bat speed, which allows him to wait just a hair longer than most when hitting. A.E. Schafer of vivaelbirdos.com said of Avery, “The power is the most notable tool, but the rest of Tuck's game is nothing to sneeze at. Physically, both in terms of his stature/build and his physical tools, Tuck has a legitimate similarity to Darryl Strawberry. What made Strawberry most notable as an offensive force, however, was his patience and understanding of the strike zone, in an era where that was less prioritised than it is now, and how that patience allowed him to impact the game with his power so significantly. There was plenty of swing and miss in Strawberry's game, evidenced by elevated strikeout rates even in his best years, but his ability to wait for his pitch and punish mistakes made him one of the most feared hitters of his era...If [Avery] could be an offensive force for years to come.”
The final Thunderbird is Left-Handed Pitcher Tuck Tucker. Tucker is a physically imposing lefty from Mineola, Texas. Tucker, 6’4”/230lbs, is a power arm that the Cannons look forward to having this summer. Tucker usually works in the low to mid 90s with his fastball and a sweeping curve with 2/8 shape. Tuck was originally committed to Texas Tech before pursuing the JUCO route. Coach Jimmy Durham of New Mexico Junior College is very high on Tucker and believes that he will be an impactful arm for both the Thunderbirds come the spring and for the Cannons come summer.