Marco Luciano
17-Year-Old ShortstopSS
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Giants in July of 2018 that includes a $2.6 million signing bonus.
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.
ANALYSIS
According to both MLB.com and Baseball America, Luciano is a top-two 16-year-old prospect from this year's July 2 international signing class. Blessed with a prototypical 6-foot-2, 178-pound frame that oozes athleticism, the righty-hitting Luciano has explosive power that could end up being a 70-grade tool in time. While he is among the best hitters in this class, he has some swing-and-miss tendencies, but that should not be surprising given his age and size. A lot of evaluators expect him to settle in as an above-average hitter once he grows into his frame. He is an above-average runner right now, but that may not be a big part of his game when he is physically mature. Defensively, he may be sent out as a shortstop, but will likely outgrow that position at some point before he reaches the big leagues. Luciano's most likely landing spots are right field and third base, and his bat should profile anywhere.
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