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1. Marco Luciano – SS
2019 Top-30
Age: 18 yr, Weight: 178 lbs, Height: 6-2
Hits/Throws: R/R
Acquired: J2
Future Value
Ceiling: 70
Realistic: 55
Current Level: A-, ETA: 2023
Future star will have first full-season assignment and a chance to be a consensus top-5 prospect in the game by the end of 2020.

The Giants signed Luciano out of the Dominican Republic in 2018, and the hype around the 6-foot-2 shortstop was already high coming into the season. Instead, he made all expectations, predictions, and hopes seem like an insult to his true talent.

Opening in the Arizona Rookie League and finishing with a couple weeks in the Northwest League, Luciano displayed incredible bat speed, tallying 25 extra base hits in 216 plate appearances. On top of that, he displayed tremendous zone recognition, posting a high walk rate even after his promotion.

Luciano’s frame has plenty of room to add strength to what is already plus raw power, and his fluidity of motion and arm strength allow him to work at shortstop for now. He might move to third base long term, where he’d likely be an average defender along with his elite skills with the bat.

If I were to predict one player in all of the minors to dethrone Wander Franco, Luciano would be the guy. He’s special.