Hello and happy Wednesday.
Marco Luciano hasn’t put on a show yet in Spring Training — he’s slashing just .083/.154/.083 — but the organization’s top prospect has still been the talk of the San Francisco Giants camp. He looks ridiculously powerful and equally athletic. The reports from scouts, analysts, and the coaching staff are all wonderful to read, and we’re left wondering when we might get to see the 19 year old in a regular season game.
If he’s to be believed, next year is the answer to that question.
Luciano has a mere 38 plate appearances above rookie ball, but he has his eyes set on a 2022 debut.
Prior to Tuesday’s bizarre “loss” to the Milwaukee Brewers, Luciano told reporters (through interpreter Erwin Higueros) that, “I think if I continue doing what I’m doing right now, and I have a regular season, a full season, under me and I keep showing the team that I’m ready, I think a year would be my timetable.”
A debut at 20 would be pretty exciting. Farhan Zaidi has said they won’t slow play prospects if they prove ready for promotions, so Luciano will surely be given the opportunity to earn a role next year.
Hopefully it happens, if for no other reason than because it means his star potential is likely materializing.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Gorkys Hernandez is the fastest Giant, Buster Posey is the slowest (June 30, 2017 — Grant Brisbee)
- Roger Munter looks at under the radar prospect Garrett Frechette (There R Giants)
- Podcast: Roger Munter talks with Marc Delucchi about Giants prospects (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee on why the lefty-heavy Giants chose José Álvarez (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Susan Slusser on a very weird Tuesday game (SF Chronicle)
- Maria Guardado on how versatility is the key for LaMonte Wade Jr. and Jason Vosler (MLB)
- Kerry Crowley has updates on Brandon Belt, Kevin Gausman, and Reyes Moronta (Mercury News)
- Andrew Baggarly on what you might have missed from the Giants third week of camp (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Alex Pavlovic on five young Giants who are standing out at Spring Training (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Pat Burrell is apparently very impressed by Hunter Bishop’s bat (KNBR)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 22 days until Opening Day. It’s right around the corner.
Have a swell Wednesday, friends.