The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $2.6 million deal with outfielder Marco Luciano, the second ranked international prospect according to MLB Pipeline, as reported by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) July 2, 2018
Though listed as an outfielder by MLB, the Giants believe Luciano, 16, is a future shortstop.
“He’s exciting,” Joe Salermo, Giants director of international operations told The Athletic back in March. “We feel he can play shortstop and he has quick hands and power. He can hit. He’s a really good athlete.”
A native of the Dominican Republic, Luciano stands at 6-foot-2, weighing in at 180 pounds, and possesses what the Giants believe is effortless power. According to Baggarly, the Giants have been linked to Luciano for over a year, and have sent “every special assistant and trusted advisor” to the Dominican Republic for their assessment.
A ton of high-level scouts here at the Dominican Prospect League. Marco Luciano, 15-year-old prospect for 2018, with big power in BP. pic.twitter.com/nDxngYnsil
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) July 31, 2017