Giants’ top prospect Marco Luciano catches fire for San Jose
The past week has been crazy for the Giants and their farming system.
At the major league level, the Giants have won three of four games against the Los Angeles Dodgers in what was to be seen on television. San Francisco entered on a four-game winning streak on Tuesday, bringing the Giants back to the top of the NL West standings.
Down at the farm, Will Wilson injury avoided, Kai-Wei Teng has been sent off for a foreign substance, a handful of Giants minor leagues are competing in Olympic qualifiers and Marco Luciano has shown his potential as a superstar.
It’s a lot to take.
Here are three things to know in our latest Giants minor league review.
Luciano catches fire
Ahh, this is the Luciano that everyone has been waiting for since the Opening. The 19-year-old hit cover of the ball last week, slicing .474 / .524 / .947 with three doubles and two homers in five games. On Saturday, Luciano blew up his fifth circuit of the year at 452 feet in the middle of the field with an exit speed of 113 mph.
Luciano was just beating .212 on May 25. He is now batting .274 with an .865 OPS.
After 21 games, Luciano is now tied for the lead of Low-A West in homers and extra hits with 12. It might have taken longer than expected, but Luciano shows why he’s one of the. best prospects in all of baseball, with perhaps the best batting speed and sheer power.
Joey Bart is back
After missing more than a week with groin strain, Bart returned to the Sacramento River Cats on Saturday and didn’t miss a beat.
Bart went 1-for-3 with a run scored in his first game before going 3-for-5 with an RBI brace and a run scored Monday against the Las Vegas Aviators.
The Giants’ best capture prospect quietly had an impressive performance in spring training, and continued to do so in Sacramento. Thanks to 13 games this season, Bart now beats .378 with three homers and a 1,095 OPS.
Patrick Bailey, the Giants’ No.2 capture prospect and first choice in the 2020 draft, sent off four runners who were attempting to steal last Wednesday before making his debut for the Eugene Emeralds. But he’s struggling at the plate, with just 0.205 with a .608 OPS, striking 32 times in 21 games.
Sam Long on his way to San Francisco
While Giants fans wait to see Bart and Heliot Ramos, the Giants are preparing a handful of prospects to possibly help them this season. KNBR’s Mark Sanchez reported on Monday that right-hander Matt Frisbee is the latest to be promoted from Double-A Richmond to Triple-A Sacramento.
Before Frisbee packed his bags, so did Sam Long. The 25-year-old southpaw continues to go from being a great story to someone who can seriously help the Giants this year.
Long had a 3.00 ERA in Richmond, striking out 22 batters with just four walks in 15 innings. His Triple-A debut couldn’t have been more revealing.
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Long struck out eight straight Las Vegas batters to start the game on Saturday, finishing with nine strikeouts and one hit allowed in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. The Giants have been watching Long’s pitching count closely this season, holding him to four innings or less in his five starts. It is definitely something to watch out for in the future.
Whether as a starter or out of the bullpen, there’s no reason to doubt Long can’t make his big league debut later this year.
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