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Fantasy Baseball – Minor Leaguers / Major Consistency – Week 19

Ron Rigney shares his top prospects and where they stand in their progression towards the Big Leagues in 2023! Follow Ron on Twitter – @RonRigney

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Marco Luciano, SS – SF

Currently listed as MLB Pipelines #15 prospect, Luciano has been in the Giants system for a while after being signed in 2018. His 65 grade pop has always been his biggest attraction, along with his 60 grade rocket arm. Both have translated at every level, finally forcing the Giants to call him up. At the time of this article he’s been up for four games. So far the strikeouts you have come to get used in his game are still there as he seems to be pressing a bit. If there’s a knock on his offensive game, its the K’s. His strikeout rate has hovered around 30% at every level. What has helped is the double-digit walk rate he has also sported at each level. So far, Luciano has walked once in four games, which is a bit concerning, but no reason to panic just yet.

Luciano has been taking grounders at second base as Brandon Crawford was activated from the IL. Gabe Kapler seems to be trying to figure out ways to get Luciano in the lineup. At shis point he’s hitting .273 and he’s a threat to go deep everytime he steps to the plate because of ridiculous talent and bat speed. I don’t think we see him stay at SS long term, but if he is able to pick up playing second base, it adds to his flexibility in real life, and for your fantasy squad. He’s still available in 51% of Fantrax leagues, so go scoop him up!

Ron brings nearly 25 years of fantasy experience to BGFS. A veteran of mainly football and baseball, if there is a league format for it, he’s probably played it. Previously he has worked for sites such as Fantasy Alarm, Fantistics, Fantrax, and Dr. A native Hoosier, Ron currently resides in Southwest Florida with his wife, four children and Golden Retriever named Elwood. A teacher by trade, he enjoys fitness, collecting sports memorabilia, music and cheering on the Rays, Colts, The U, and the Pacers.

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