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MLB: Giants Call Up Marco Luciano To Shore Up Infield

 Matt Tallarini  |    Jul 26th, 2023 3:48pm EDT

Marco Luciano of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during the MLB photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 24, 2023 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The No. 15 overall prospect from MLBpipeline.com shortstop Marco Luciano of the San Francisco Giants has been called up to the Major Leagues. 

Luciano, 21, was born in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, and signed with the Giants as an amateur free agent on July 2, 2018 for $2.6 million. 

This season, Luciano has split time between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento, playing in 62 games and batting .235 with 269 plate appearances, recording 53 hits, 14 doubles, 13 home runs, 35 RBI, and 39 walks. 

Luciano has played 47 games defensively at the shortstop position, totaling 406 innings with 180 chances, 68 putouts, 105 assists, seven errors, and 26 double plays, recording a .961 fielding percentage. 

Last season, Luciano spent his time between Rookie Level in the Arizona Complex League and High-A Eugene, playing in 65 games with 257 plate appearances and batting .350 while recording 61 hits, 12 doubles, 11 home runs, 36 RBI, and 26 walks. 

During the 2021 regular season, Luciano played in 106 games between Low-A San Jose and High-A Eugene, batting .258 with 102 hits in 453 plate appearances and 17 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs, 71 RBI, and 48 walks. 

Luciano will split time with rookie Giants shortstop Casey Schmitt, who was called up on May 3. Schmitt has played in 62 games with 188 at-bats, recording 39 hits while batting .207 with 10 doubles, two home runs, 23 RBI, and walking nine times. 

The Giants front office had to make this crucial move after two-time World Series champion Brandon Crawford landed on the Injured List on July 19 with a left knee inflammation. With the Giants just four games back of the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers (58-42), the move shores up the Giants infield in advance of a potential pennant race. They are currently tied for second in the NL West with the Arizona Diamondbacks at 55-47.

The Giants play in their final home game of the two-game Bay Bridge Series against the Oakland Athletics at 9:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.