SF Giants 2022 Opening Day Shortstop
4. Marco Luciano
Now, some may scoff at the prospect of a 20-year-old being the starting shortstop for the Giants next season, but if Marco Luciano progresses over the next year then it may be a reality. We have seen young players like Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. emerge as young stars in recent years, and he will obviously hope to follow in their footsteps.
At only 19, Luciano has made clear that he has his eyes set on making his big league debut in 2022. He ranks as one of the best young prospects in baseball and currently ranks at the top of Around the Foghorn’s SF Giants prospect rankings. Here is an excerpt from that scouting report:
"Now, at big-league camp, Luciano has shown an even more advanced ability defensively that leaves me confident he’ll be a competent shortstop. That was really the lone remaining question in his path. I would not be shocked if the Giants surprise fans with an aggressive minor-league assignment where Luciano struggles to start 2021. He developed some bad habits swinging at bad pitches he could still drive against lower-level pitching that the organization will likely work hard to curb. Still, Luciano has shown an incredible work ethic, and fans have every reason to be excited about his future."
It is no wonder why there is so much buzz around the young man from the Dominican Republic. Mike Krukow has pumped the breaks on the Luciano buzz a little bit, projecting that he will most likely make his debut in 2023 rather than next season. Given how mightily he is struggling in big-league camp, that estimate remains prudent. While fans should surely be excited about his prospects, Luciano would need to demolish minor-league competition this year to play his way into the Opening Day plans in 2022. It’s unlikely to happen, but given how high his prospect status is, fans should not rule out the possibility entirely either.