Marco Luciano
18-Year-Old ShortstopSS
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Luciano continued the trend of the top July 2 international signees blowing up in their pro debuts, setting the AZL on fire as a 17-year-old before getting a taste of the Northwest League. His top tool is power -- he ranked third in the AZL in home runs (10) and fourth in SLG (.616). He should hit 35-plus homers in his peak seasons, even while playing half his games in San Francisco. Luciano also showed a keen eye at the plate. He was the fifth-youngest qualified hitter, yet his 15.2 BB% was the circuit's 11th-best mark. His swing is violent, but his elite bat speed and hand-eye coordination allow him to make consistent contact. While he stole nine bases on 15 attempts, he will probably only be an average runner by the time he fills out his 6-foot-2, 178-pound frame. He should continue to play shortstop for now, but may eventually move to third base or the outfield. Look for him to open the year at Low-A. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Giants in July of 2018 that includes a $2.6 million signing bonus.
Promoted to Northwest League
SSSan Francisco Giants  R
August 11, 2019
Luciano was promoted to short-season Salem-Keizer, Giants Prospects reports.
The top prospect to sign on July 2, 2018, Luciano hit .322/.438/.616 with 10 home runs and eight steals in the AZL. He turns 18 in September and is one of the most exciting prospects in the minor leagues.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
According to Baseball America, the top international prospects from the last four July 2 signing classes were: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (2015), Kevin Maitan (2016), Wander Franco (2017) and Luciano (2018). Guerrero is the top prospect in baseball, Franco is the odds-on favorite to enter 2020 as the game's top prospect, and Maitan is droppable in most dynasty leagues, so there are extreme examples on both ends of the spectrum. A very athletic 6-foot-2, 178 pounds, Luciano is a different type of prospect than those aforementioned top J-2 signees. There will be some swing and miss in his game, but the hope is that as he matures, he will settle in as a .270 or .280 hitter with huge power and enough speed to steal double-digit bases. He could end up at shortstop, third base or the outfield. Luciano is expected to be aggressively assigned to the AZL at the outset of his age-17 season.
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Inks $2.6 million deal with Giants
SSSan Francisco Giants  R
July 2, 2018
Luciano signed a $2.6 million deal with the Giants on Monday.
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