1. Marco Luciano
Acquired: IFA (2018 )
Future Value: 55 (grade up)
Simply put, Marco Luciano has one of the highest ceilings in baseball.
San Francisco Giants fans probably feel like they’ve heard that before with Angel Villalona, Rafael Rodriguez, and Gustavo Cabrera, but Luciano has the tools to make fans forget the long drought of developing talent from Latin America.
His bat speed rivals Canario for best in the organization, but it comes from a much smoother swing. Many scouts have put a 70-80 grade on his raw power. That alone earned him a $2.6 million signing bonus during the 2018 international signing period. He also has an advanced approach and a chance to stick at shortstop.
In his first taste of professional ball, Luciano hit .322/.438/.616 with 10 home runs in 47 games at the rookie ball level, earning a surprise promotion to Low-A in the process.
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He hit just .212/.316/.333 in nine games following the move up before a hamstring injury ended his season. Still, he walked nearly as much as he struck out alongside a .259 BABIP, which suggests he might have suffered from some bad luck.
And he did all that at the age of 17.
No prospect in franchise history has had that level of success at that age. Frankly, few prospects have ever matched Luciano’s production at his age.
With that being said, Luciano has yet to reach full-season ball and he’s far from a finished product. He has impressed people with his focus on improving defensively and even scouts who are low on his defensive prospects at shortstop believe he can be above average at third base, second base, or right field.
Luciano will likely be one of the youngest players at the Single-A level to start the 2020 season. If he has success, he’ll quickly jump into conversations among the best prospects in baseball.
Prospect dedication is such a fickle part of fandom because so much can change so abruptly. That said, Luciano may be the best prospect the San Francisco Giants organization has ever had.
So there you have it, the 10 best prospects in the San Francisco Giants farm system at the conclusion of the 2020 season. It’s a system on the rise, and these guys are the cream of the crop.