Marcano was added to the Padres' 40-man roster Friday. The move means Marcano won't be available for selection in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. It may have been a stretch for any team to select him, given that he's never played above Low-A, but the Padres evidently believe he has enough potential that they didn't want to take the risk.
Marcano will be part of the Padres' 60-man summer camp. Marcano has never struck out more than 8.9 percent of the time and has plus speed on the bases, but he has very little power right now and could stand to add strength to his 6-foot, 170-pound frame. He has never played above Low-A and is unlikely to see MLB action in 2020.
Marcano impressed in the California League playoffs last season and is likely to begin the 2020 campaign at that level, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Marcano was relatively quiet in Low-A ball last season, slashing .270/.323/.337 with 15 stolen bases in 31 attempts. However, he hit .370/.414/.444 with a pair of walks in seven games after being promoted to High-A Lake Elsinore for the playoffs, improving his odds of opening 2020 with the Storm. The 20-year-old is unlikely to hit for much power, but his ability to make contact bodes well for his success as a hitter. However, he'll need to improve upon last year's 48 percent theft rate to show that he is capable of taking advantage of his plus speed on the basepaths.
Marcano was assigned to High-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday. Marcano will join the Storm for their playoff run. His most outstanding asset is his speed, as he has stolen 40 bases in 212 minor-league games. The 19-year-old has also shown an outstanding eye at the plate, striking out only 76 times in 824 career at-bats while maintaining a healthy .279 batting average.
Marcano went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Low-A Fort Wayne's win over Lake County on Tuesday. Marcano struggled over the final three weeks of June after missing the start of the month with a thumb injury. He's off to a nice start to July, reaching base in seven of his 10 plate appearances so far (five hits, two walks). Overall, the 19-year-old is batting .290/.348/.361 in 277 plate appearances, with a 9.7 percent strikeout rate highlighting his best tool. Marcano is only 6-for-14 on the basepaths this year, but he has plus speed and there is hope that his efficiency will improve in time.
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