Marco Luciano

Marco Luciano

22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
San Francisco Giants
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The Giants reportedly want to give Luciano a chance to be the everyday shortstop in 2024, and that motivation from the club is arguably the best thing he has going for him in redraft leagues. Steamer projects the 22-year-old shortstop to hit .219 with a .296 OBP, and while he is a good defensive shortstop, it remains to be seen if San Francisco would allow him keep the everyday job all season if he is producing at that level. Known for his high pedigree as the headliner of the 2018 J-2 international signing class and his plus raw power, Luciano's strikeout rate has steadily trended in the wrong direction. He struck out at a 29.8 percent clip at Double-A, a 35.9 percent clip at Triple-A and a 37.8 percent clip in 45 MLB plate appearances. Unlike many other talented shortstops with questionable hit tools, Luciano doesn't provide much speed on the bases, so he needs to hit for a decent average to avoid being a player who perpetually hits in the bottom third of the lineup and is only rostered in deep leagues for his power and playing time. He missed time in 2023 with back and hamstring injuries and has only played 56 games at Double-A and 18 games at Triple-A, so it would be understandable if he needed more developmental time in the minors. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#414
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Giants in March of 2024.
Activated and optioned
SSSan Francisco Giants  AAA
June 14, 2024
The Giants activated Luciano (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list Friday and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Luciano has put his hamstring injury in the rearview mirror, but he will remain at Sacramento where he had been on a rehab assignment rather than return to the majors. Nick Ahmed (wrist) is also back from the IL and will take over as the Giants' starting shortstop.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+76%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+192%
OPS vs LHP
2022
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left 1.101 23 4 0 0 1 .421 .522 .579
Since 2022vs Right .624 49 6 0 1 0 .227 .306 .318
2024vs Left 1.000 7 2 0 0 0 .429 .429 .571
2024vs Right .979 20 4 0 1 0 .353 .450 .529
2023vs Left 1.146 16 2 0 0 1 .417 .563 .583
2023vs Right .392 29 2 0 0 0 .148 .207 .185
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+49%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+32%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+54%
OPS on Road
2022
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .649 45 6 0 1 0 .211 .333 .316
Since 2022Away .964 27 4 0 0 1 .400 .444 .520
2024Home .862 15 3 0 1 0 .308 .400 .462
2024Away 1.136 12 3 0 0 0 .455 .500 .636
2023Home .540 30 3 0 0 0 .160 .300 .240
2023Away .829 15 1 0 0 1 .357 .400 .429
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Marco Luciano compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.60
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
18.5%
 
BABIP
.474
 
ISO
.167
 
AVG
.375
 
OBP
.444
 
SLG
.542
 
OPS
.986
 
wOBA
.429
 
Exit Velocity
86.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.3%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
Expected BA
.300
 
Expected SLG
.415
 
Sprint Speed
25.0 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
47.4%
 
Line Drive %
15.8%
 
Fly Ball %
36.8%
 
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Could be Opening Day shortstop
SSSan Francisco Giants  AAA
October 3, 2023
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the Giants "want to give Marco Luciano the chance to be the everyday guy" at shortstop in 2024, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
The 22-year-old received his first taste of the majors in 2023 and had a .231/.333/.308 slash line in 45 plate appearances, and it appears he'll be the starter at shortstop Opening Day with Brandon Crawford's 13-year career in San Francisco likely coming to an end. Luciano is one of the organization's top prospects and finished the campaign with a .776 OPS, 15 homers and seven steals in 74 games between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. He was sidelined for the first month of the season with a back injury and also missed most of August with a hamstring issue.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Many were slow to adjust expectations on Luciano, even when he did his best in 2021 to show us that he was a future three-category masher, rather than a four- or five-category star. It was more of the same in 2022, although he was limited to 57 games at High-A due to a lower-back strain and a minor leg injury. Luciano's max exit velocity and 90th percentile exit velocity are elite, and while he will likely always have an elevated strikeout rate, his damage on impact should be sufficient for him to specialize in run production. If it weren't for Luciano's exit velocities, it would be pretty easy to project Matt Chapman caliber fantasy production at shortstop or third base, but there's still a chance he could be a notch above that level. A newly-added member of the Giants' 40-man roster, Luciano should spend most, if not all of 2023 at Double-A.
For the first time since June of 2019, Luciano is not a top-15 prospect for dynasty leagues. He even climbed inside the top five a few times, but that exuberance appears to have been premature. The tool that has made him so appealing, 70-grade raw power, remains. The hope had always been that he could be an Eloy Jimenez type of offensive producer at shortstop (elite in four categories). However, it's looking less and less likely that he will be a positive contributor in batting average. He spent most of the year at Low-A, where he had the most success, and also got in 20-plus games at High-A and the Arizona Fall League. All told, he had a 27.8 K% and 11.0 BB%, but if we isolate his time at High-A and the AFL, he logged a 35.3 K% and 9.1 BB% in 232 plate appearances. Players have struck out at similar clips at stops along the way to the majors and gone on to have very productive big-league careers, but players don't strike out that often over a significant sample, even when young for a level, and go on to become superstars. Luciano won't help with stolen bases, and while he could still hit 35 homers annually at shortstop, it would be a relief at this point if it came with a .250 batting average.
Luciano was never going to debut in 2020, even in a 162-game season, but all of the public reports from the alternate training site and fall instructional league have been resoundingly positive. A video of him demolishing a home run with a 119 mph exit velocity in fall instructs went viral, and for good reason. In addition to it being a majestic display of bat speed followed by an 80-grade bat flip, that EV is in a range reserved solely for Giancarlo Stanton. While power will be Luciano's most prodigious skill, his walk rates and strikeout rates give little reason for concern. Unlike many middle infielders, Luciano probably won't be a threat on the bases, but he should be a four-category force. At 6-foot-2 and roughly 190 pounds, there have been questions about whether he can stick at shortstop, but the Giants are effusive of his ability to handle the position. He should assume the everyday duties in 2022.
Luciano continued the trend of the top July 2 international signees blowing up in their pro debuts, setting the AZL on fire as a 17-year-old before getting a taste of the Northwest League. His top tool is power -- he ranked third in the AZL in home runs (10) and fourth in SLG (.616). He should hit 35-plus homers in his peak seasons, even while playing half his games in San Francisco. Luciano also showed a keen eye at the plate. He was the fifth-youngest qualified hitter, yet his 15.2 BB% was the circuit's 11th-best mark. His swing is violent, but his elite bat speed and hand-eye coordination allow him to make consistent contact. While he stole nine bases on 15 attempts, he will probably only be an average runner by the time he fills out his 6-foot-2, 178-pound frame. He should continue to play shortstop for now, but may eventually move to third base or the outfield. Look for him to open the year at Low-A.
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.
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Begins rehab assignment
SSSan Francisco Giants  AAA
Hamstring
June 11, 2024
Luciano (hamstring) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Triple-A Sacramento's game versus Reno on Tuesday.
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Lands on injured list
SSSan Francisco Giants  AAA
Hamstring
May 31, 2024
The Giants placed Luciano on the 10-day injured list Friday with a right hamstring strain, Shayna Rubin of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Leaves with hamstring tightness
SSSan Francisco Giants  AAA
Hamstring
May 29, 2024
Luciano was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Phillies in the bottom of third inning with right hamstring tightness, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. He reached base on a throwing error during his only plate appearance before exiting the contest.
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Sharing shortstop with Wisely
SSSan Francisco Giants  AAA
May 26, 2024
Luciano is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.
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Idle Saturday
SSSan Francisco Giants  AAA
May 25, 2024
Luciano isn't in the Giants' lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.
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