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  • Giants' Marco Luciano: Begins rehab assignment in Arizona

    Luciano (back) started a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League on Thursday, going 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI in his first game action since June 3. Luciano looks to be nearing the finish line in his recovery from a lower-back strain, which has kept him out of action for the past two months. Before the injury surfaced, the Giants' top prospect was slashing .288/.360/.507 with eight home runs in 164 plate appearances at High-A Eugene.
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  • Giants' Marco Luciano: Shut down with lower-back strain

    The Giants announced Wednesday that Luciano has been diagnosed with a lower-back strain and will be shut down from baseball activities for at least a couple of weeks before resuming workouts, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. High-A Eugene placed Luciano on its 7-day injured list Friday with an injury that was termed as "lower-back tightness," but follow-up tests evidently revealed that the elite prospect strained a muscle. He'll head to the Giants' spring training facility in Arizona to conduct his rehab, and he doesn't look as though he'll be ready to rejoin the High-A lineup until at least July. The 20-year-old infielder was slashing .288/.360/.507 with eight home runs in 164 plate appearances for Eugene before sustaining the injury.
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  • Giants' Marco Luciano: Dealing with minor back issue

    Luciano was placed on the 7-day injured list with High-A Eugene on Friday due to lower-back tightness, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports. Luciano has already missed just shy of a week with the injury, though the Giants reportedly don't believe it to be a serious issue. Assuming that's the case, the 20-year-old should return soon to build on his promising start with Eugene, where he's hit .288/.360/.507 with eight homers in 40 games.
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  • Giants' Marco Luciano: Unchallenged in High-A

    Luciano is hitting .328/.380/.578 with four homers through 18 games this season for High-A Eugene. The pop is nice, but even nicer is how steady Luciano has been this year, picking up hits in all but four games. The 20-year-old shortstop is widely considered among the top few prospects in the organization, and he's continued justifying that status so far this year.
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  • Giants' Marco Luciano: Ready to build upon 2021 season

    Luciano is ready to build upon 2021 after feeling fatigued down the stretch last season. He has been preparing for about one month and states "I feel great," according to Maria Guardado of MLB.com. Luciano felt fatigued during 2021 since that was his first full season in the minors. He worked on his conditioning by adding cardio and shoulder exercises to his routine. Luciano noted that fatigue likely contributed to the struggles, particularly at High-A, where he hit one home run with a .217 batting average, .577 OPS, and a 37.2 K% in 145 plate appearances. Before that, Luciano boasted a .288 batting average, .951 OPS, and 21.6% K% at Low-A. Luciano is working on improving his contact rate in 2022 via an open batting stance.
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  • Giants' Marco Luciano: Quiet finish to season

    Luciano finished the regular season at High-A Eugene by hitting .217/.283/.295 with one home run across 36 games. He struck out in a disturbing 37.2 percent of his plate appearances following his promotion from Low-A, where he turned in much better numbers -- a .278/.373/.556 line with 18 homers, five steals, 57 RBI and 52 runs (as well as a far more palatable 22.1 percent strikeout rate) across 70 contests. Although he certainly didn't look good in High-A, it's worth noting that Luciano just turned 20 years old this month and is still considered one of the most tooled-up prospects in the minors. There's no reason to panic about his long-term outlook, but the pressure will be on Luciano next season to turn in a far better performance when he (presumably) repeats the High-A level.
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  • Giants' Marco Luciano: Gets bump up to High-A

    The Giants promoted Luciano from Low-A San Jose to High-A Eugene on Wednesday. The No. 1 prospect in the San Francisco organization and one of the top teenage hitters in the minor leagues, Luciano earned his way to Eugene after posting a .373 on-base percentage, 18 home runs and five stolen bases across 308 plate appearances at Low-A. He's unlikely to provide much impact as a base stealer as he rises through the Giants' system, and a move off shortstop could eventually be in the cards, but Luciano's combination of power and plate discipline will give him a chance at stardom once he reaches his prime.
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  • Giants' Marco Luciano: Back in action at Low-A

    Luciano (shoulder) rejoined the Low-A San Jose lineup Wednesday, starting at shortstop and going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run in a 4-3 win over Inland Empire. Luciano missed only a few games due to a sore shoulder, and the fact that he was deployed in the field rather than at designated hitter in his return to action implies the Giants have no concerns about the injury affecting his throwing. One of the youngest players at Low-A, the 19-year-old infielder is holding his own against elder competition, slashing .286/.378/.565 with 17 home runs in 286 plate appearances on the season.
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  • Giants' Marco Luciano: Promoted to Northwest League

    Luciano was promoted to short-season Salem-Keizer, Giants Prospects reports. The top prospect to sign on July 2, 2018, Luciano hit .322/.438/.616 with 10 home runs and eight steals in the AZL. He turns 18 in September and is one of the most exciting prospects in the minor leagues.
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