Giants sign top outfield prospect from the Dominican Republic for $2.6 million

Alex Pavlovic
NBC Sports BayArea
<p>After two years of being limited in how much they could spend on international prospects, the Giants spent $2.6 million on an outfielder Monday morning.</p>

Giants sign top outfield prospect from the Dominican Republic for $2.6 million

After two years of being limited in how much they could spend on international prospects, the Giants spent $2.6 million on an outfielder Monday morning.

UPDATE (1:45pm PT on Monday: The Giants announced the signing of 11 international prospects, including #2 rated prospect Marco Luciano.

Name

Pos.

DOB

Hometown

Born

Ht.

Wt.

B/T

Scout

Pomares, Jairo

CF

8/4/2000

Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus

Cuba

6'1

186

L/R

Bautista /Elias

Luciano, Marco

SS

9/10/2001

Pimentel, Duarte

D.R.

6'3

180

R/R

Bautista

Marte, Melvin

RHP

7/15/2000

San Francisco, Duarte

D.R.

6'0

165

R/R

Polonia Jr.

Monegro, Roberto

SS

11/15/2001

San Pedro, San Pedro

D.R.

5'10

145

R/R

Abreu

Peniche, Aaron

LHP

8/30/1999

San Isidro, Santo Domingo

D.R.

6'1

166

L/L

Elias

Bericoto, Victor

CF

12/3/2001

Maracay, Aragua

Ven.

6'1

155

R/R

Morillo

Civada, Odue

RHP

4/5/2002

San Francisco, Zulia

Ven.

6'1

165

R/R

Villalobos Jr.

Jaramillo, Eduardo

C

3/26/2002

Barcelona, Anzoategui

Ven.

5'11

160

R/R

Marquez

Matos, Luis

RF

1/28/2002

Bobures, Zulia

Ven.

6'0

170

R/R

Fernandez

Torrealba, Yeiver

2B

10/26/2001

Maracay, Aragua

Ven.

5'11

145

R/R

Morillo

Torres, Anthony

LHP

11/25/2001

Barquisimeto, Lara

Ven.

6'1

165

L/L

Morillo

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SAN FRANCISCO - The Giants didn't waste any time getting back into the top of the international market.

After two years of mandated reduced spending because of the signing of Lucius Fox, the Giants once again scooped up one of the best teenage prospects available on July 2, the sport's international signing day. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Giants signed Marco Luciano, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic ranked No. 2 on MLB.com's list of available international prospects. Luciano will get $2.6 million, per Sanchez.

A right-handed hitter, Luciano is listed at 6-2, 178 pounds, and is known as potentially the best hitter available in this year's class.

MLB.com's scouting report says his hit tool and power project to be above average. "The athletic Luciano is known for his bat speed and all-around quick twitch ability," per the report. "He hits line drives into the gaps and can also hit the ball over the fence with authority. Luciano is not the prototypical swing-and-miss power hitter and projects to be a solid middle-of-the-lineup hitter."

The Giants have had little success in the international market over the years, and Fox, who was supposed to change all that, was sent to Tampa Bay in the Matt Moore trade. But the organization has an impressive new facility in the Dominican Republic and vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean has talked repeatedly over the past year about the importance of finding players internationally. 

In addition to Luciano, Sanchez reported that the Giants gave No. 27 prospect Luis Matos $725,000 and also gave $975,000 to Cuban prospect Jairo Pomarez. Both are outfielders.


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