Giants minor league review: Luciano is on fire in San Jose

/ by Dalton Johnson
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Marco Luciano

The last week was a wild one for the Giants and their farm system. 

At the major league level, the Giants took three of four games against the Los Angeles Dodgers in what was must-see TV. San Francisco enters Tuesday riding a four-game win streak, vaulting the Giants back to the top of the NL West standings. 

Down on the farm, Will Wilson avoided injury, Kai-Wei Teng was ejected for a foreign substance, a handful of Giants minor leaguers are taking part in Olympic qualifiers and Marco Luciano showed off his superstar potential. 

That's a lot to take in. 

Here are three things to know in our latest Giants minor league review. 

Luciano Catches Fire

Ahh, now this is the Luciano that everybody expected since Opening Day. The 19-year-old hit the cover off the ball last week, slashing .474/.524/.947 with three doubles and two home runs in five games. On Saturday, Luciano blasted his fifth home run of the year 452 feet to center field with a 113-mph exit velocity.

Luciano was batting just .212 on May 25. He now is batting .274 with an .865 OPS. 

Through 21 games, Luciano now is tied for the Low-A West lead in homers and extra-base hits with 12. It might have taken longer than some expected, but Luciano is showing why he's one of the top prospects in all of baseball, with perhaps the best bat speed and pure power.


Joey Bart Is Back

After missing over a week with groin tightness, Bart returned to the Sacramento River Cats on Saturday and hasn't missed a beat. 

Bart went 1-for-3 with one run scored in his first game back before then going 3-for-5 with an RBI double and one run scored Monday against the Las Vegas Aviators. 

The Giants' top catching prospect quietly had an impressive showing in spring training, and has continued to do so in Sacramento. Through 13 games this season, Bart now is batting .378 with three homers and a 1.095 OPS. 

Patrick Bailey, the Giants' No. 2 catching prospect and top pick from the 2020 draft, threw out four runners attempting to steal last Wednesday before then making his first base debut for the Eugene Emeralds. But he's struggling at the plate, batting just .205 with a .608 OPS, striking out 32 times in 21 games. 

Sam Long On Track To San Francisco

While Giants fans wait to see Bart and Heliot Ramos, the Giants are gearing up a handful of pitching prospects to possibly help them this season. KNBR's Mark Sanchez reported Monday that right-hander Matt Frisbee is the latest to be promoted from Double-A Richmond to Triple-A Sacramento.

Before Frisbee packed his bags, though, so did Sam Long. The 25-year-old lefty continues to go from a great story to someone who can seriously help the Giants this year. 

Long had a 3.00 ERA in Richmond, striking out 22 batters with only four walks in 15 innings. His Triple-A debut couldn't have been more eye-opening.

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Long struck out eight straight Las Vegas batters to start the game on Saturday, finishing with nine strikeouts and only one hit allowed over 3 2/3 scoreless innings. The Giants have monitored Long's pitch counts closely this season, holding him to four innings or fewer in all five of his starts. That certainly is something to watch going forward. 

Whether it be as a starter or out of the bullpen, there's no reason to doubt Long can't make his big league debut later this year.

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