Marcano was recalled Tuesday from Triple-A El Paso.
The utility player fills one of the roster openings left by the three Padres on the COVID-19 injured list. Marcano received some at-bats during Fernando Tatis' early season absence and finds himself in a similar situation once again.
Marcano was optioned to the Padres' alternate training site Friday.
Marcano made San Diego's Opening Day roster as a utility man and went 2-for-12 with a double and one RBI in 10 games. However, he'll now be removed from the major-league roster after Fernando Tatis was activated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Marcano has made San Diego's Opening Day roster, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Marcano earned his spot on the big-league roster to start the 2021 season by hitting .410 with one home run, eight RBI and one stolen base in 42 at-bats. He'll serve as a utility man to open the campaign.
Marcano is being considered for the Padres' Opening Day roster in light of a strong showing in spring camp, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Marcano has yet to log time above A-ball, but he has turned enough heads this spring to have a legitimate chance to break camp with the big club. In 46 Cactus League plate appearances, the 21-year-old has slashed an impressive .410/.489/.641 with six extra-base hits and eight RBI. Manager Jayce Tingler said Sunday that Marcano is "definitely in the fight" for a big-league roster spot, and his chances would improve if Trent Grisham (hamstring) isn't able to return in time for Opening Day.
Marcano started in center field Sunday against the Reds and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run. He has also played right field, left field, second base, third base and shortstop this spring.
In addition to playing all over the field, Marcano has also been getting it done at the plate, slashing .368/.429/.632 with a home run and three RBI. The 21-year-old isn't likely to break camp with the club, but he is certainly turning heads in the organization. Marcano hasn't logged time in the outfield thus far in his minor-league career, but he has played over 40 games at three different infield positions (second base, shortstop and third base).
Marcano has gone 4-for-8 with a home run and two RBI over five Cactus League contests.
Marcano was added to the Padres' 40-man roster in November and is justifying that move thus far in the spring, tying for the team lead in hits and homers. The 21-year-old infielder has yet to play above the Low-A level and is certain to open the season in the minors despite his strong start this spring.
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.
Marcano was placed on the 7-day injured list with a sprained left thumb, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Prior to suffering the injury, Marcano was hitting .304/.364/.386 with one homer, 17 RBI and four stolen bases in 43 games for Low-A Fort Wayne. It remains to be seen how long the injury will keep the 19-year-old sidelined.
Marcano went 14-for-26 for Low-A Fort Wayne last week, Bill Center of Padres.com reports.
The 19-year-old was named the Player of the Week in the Midwest League for his efforts, per Center, and is now hitting .308 with an impressive .383 on-base percentage in 27 games for Fort Wayne. If there's a knock on his stat line so far, it'd be his lack of power as he's hit just one homer with a .393 slugging percentage. He's still flashing potential at the dish in his brief career thus far, as he dominated in the Arizona League as an 18-year-old last year, with a .395/.497/.444 slash line while also swiping 10 bases.
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