San Pedro de Macoris, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—Several of the top 2018 Dominican prospects who will be eligible to sign next year on July 2 participated in Major League Baseball’s Dominican national showcase on Nov. 1-2.
For Baseball America subscribers, below are reports and videos on the notable shortstops at the event, with reports and videos on outfielders and pitchers coming later. While I saw the event myself and have seen several of the players previously, the reports incorporate information from conversations with scouts about what they saw at the showcase and what they have seen from the players throughout the course of the year.
One of the tricky things about this showcase is that, at this point in the process, some players have been out of game action for a bit and have not been facing live pitching regularly. As a result, similar to any hitter at the beginning of spring training, their timing at the plate may have been off, which sounds like an excuse but I think in some cases is a legitimate factor to keep in mind.
Marco Luciano (6-1, 184, R-R)