Astros agree to terms with No. 5 overall pick Kyle Tucker

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The Astros announced today that they agreed to terms with high school outfielder Kyle Tucker, who was selected No. 5 overall in last week’s First-Year Player Draft.

Jonathan Mayo of reports that Tucker will receive a $4 million bonus. Baseball America notes that the pool value for the No. 5 pick is $4,188,700, so the Astros have some additional wiggle room for their other picks. The Astros have the largest bonus pool for their picks this year, but they’re going to need it to sign the likes of No. 2 overall pick Alex Bregman (compensation for failing to sign last year’s No. 1 pick Brady Aiken) and No. 37 overall pick Daz Cameron.

Tucker, 18, is the younger brother of current Astros outfielder Preston Tucker. Astros director of amateur scouting Mike Elias said they think Tucker is “one of the premier bats of this year’s draft class and has the ability to hit in the heart of our lineup in the future.”

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.