Meet Marco Luciano. He's a 19-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic and the number two prospect in the San Francisco Giants system. He's yet to play above High-A, but he's already got highlights making the Twitter rounds because he hits the ball hard as fuck. As of right now, he's the No. 29 prospect in baseball, but it's safe to say he'll climb much higher before he makes it to The Show. The victim in his clip? Rockies 2018 first rounder Ryan Rolison out of Ole Miss.
What's so special about this homer, you ask? Well, beyond it being absolutely crushed to the naked eye and the 80-grade bat toss, the exit velocity was measured at 119 MPH. To put things in perspective, the hardest hit ball in 2020 was off the bat of Pete Alonso who hit a homer with an exit velocity of 118.4 MPH. Since Statcast started keeping track of exit velocity, the hardest hit ball ever is credited to Aaron Judge who hit a blast with an exit velocity of 119.4 MPH in 2017.
Again, the 19-year-old, 178-pound Luciano hit a bomb that was measured at 119 MPH off the bat. It won't be long before we're having a conversation about Luciano as one of the top prospects in baseball, and it's pretty clear why.