Get to know the name Marco Luciano, Giants fan.
With the Arizona Rookie League underway, fans are finally starting to see the Giants' No. 3 prospect actually show his potential on a professional field. And it's eye-popping.
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In only his third professional game, Luciano hit his first professional home run Wednesday and fell a single shy of the cycle. He finished 3-for-5 with a homer, triple, double, two runs scored, two RBI and a walk for the AZL Giants Orange.
"It was like Christmas morning today waking up and being able to watch those at-bats," Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Thursday on KNBR. "It's really exciting what he did."
Luciano followed that performance with an even more impressive one Friday. He went 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs, and he went deep for the second straight game. This one was a no-doubter, too.
Zaidi isn't one to cast unfair comparisons on players, but when raving about Luciano, he brought up a name that should drop some jaws.
"I remember -- and I'm not comparing these guys -- but Mike Trout when he first went out in the Arizona League after he was drafted, he just went bananas and everybody knew he was special right away."
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Through four games in the Arizona Rookie League, Luciano now is batting .412 with two home runs and a 1.415 OPS. It's a small, small sample size, but it's another reason for future optimism as the present remains bleak.
"You try not to cast too much judgement on how a guy does early on with a small sample and you know it's going to be an adjustment and things evolve over time," Zaidi said. "But when a guy goes out and makes that much noise early on, it's pretty exciting."
While Bart and Ramos are regarded as the Giants' top-two prospects by most outlets, Luciano has the highest upside. He doesn't turn 18 until September, and even if he moves positions down the road, his plus-power and athleticism should play anywhere on the field.