Luciano, Giants prospects rise in Baseball America Top 100

/ by Dalton Johnson
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The Giants dropped their final game of the Bay Bridge Series, but they're still doing a whole lot of winning. They're not alone, too. 

San Francisco's minor league affiliates are enjoying plenty of success as well. The San Jose Giants have the best record in Low-A West and the Eugene Emeralds are leading High-A West. The good news doesn't stop there. 

Baseball America released their latest Top 100 prospects list, and the Giants have five players on the rankings, which is tied for the third-most in all of baseball. All five of their prospects moved up the rankings, led by Marco Luciano's climb up the top 10.

Luciano, 19, will be atop any Giants top prospects list, and he's inching his way to the best of the best. He's now seen as the No. 7 overall prospect, up from No. 10. Joey Bart rose from No. 29 to No. 27, Heliot Ramos went from No. 70 to No. 68, Luis Matos is up to No. 82 from No. 84 and Kyle Harrison has gone from No. 90 to No. 88. 

On Sunday, Luciano hit his 10th home run of the year. This one was out in a hurry, with a 115 mph exit velocity. That would be the hardest-hit ball by a San Francisco Giant this season, and there have only been 21 balls hit 115 mph or harder in the major leagues this season.


Bart, 24, is batting .342 with seven homers and a .976 OPS in 30 games for the Sacramento River Cats in Triple-A. But he has 40 strikeouts and only seven walks. 

Ramos, 21, has struggled big time this month. He hit .314 with three homers and an .892 OPS in May. In June, he's hitting just .159 in 24 games with a .536 OPS. The powerful outfielder is batting .236 overall with five homers and a .711 OPS. 

Matos is the name that should be on everybody's radar right now. Personally, I believe he's the Giants' second-best prospect. 

At only 19 years old, Matos is batting .299 in 42 games with San Jose. He has a .785 OPS, four homers and has stolen 14 bases. He just ended a 16-game hit streak but had two knocks the game after he went hitless. 

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Harrison quickly has become the Giants' top pitching prospect. The 19-year-old lefty ranks second in Low-A West with 63 strikeouts, has a 2.70 ERA and opponents are only batting .195 off him. 

This season was supposed to be the next phase of the Giants' rebuild. They're way ahead of schedule, and these five prospects are only pushing it forward faster.

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