Matthew Lugo Greenville Drive Shortstop

       
 
Age: 21
Born: May 9, 2001
Birthplace: Manati, PR
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 2nd round, 2019 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Miami commit)
High School: Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (PR)
ETA: Late 2024

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First Pro Contract: June 19, 2019 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Edgar Perez
Signing Bonus: $1,100,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2023
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
   
Pro Debut: June 26, 2019 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: ---
MLB Debut: ---
Service Time (1/22): ---
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: ---
Instagram: @_matthewlugo

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Thin frame with some remaining projection. Above-average athlete.

Hit: Starts square in a slight crouch. Slight leg lift. Wide stance, repeatable swing with smooth mechanics. Good extension and bat speed but swing can get long at times. Knows the strike zone, but still struggles with pitch recognition. Has the tendency to expand the zone against off-speed pitches. At his best when he looks to drive the ball in the gaps rather than sell out for power. Aggressive at the plate, looks to attack fastballs. Potential average hit tool.

Power: Will show average raw power in batting practice. Potential for fringe-average game power if he fills out physically and starts to lift the ball more.

Run: Average speed. Moves well on the bases. Physical maturation could limit speed.

Field: Inconsistent defensively at present. Will flash soft hands and fluid actions in the field, but also will miss a routine play. Average range, a little stiff and upright in the field. Bad decision-making also leads to errors on plays where he would be better suited to just hold the ball. Started playing some second base at the end of the 2021 season and might be a better fit there long-term. Potential average defender at second base. Could be passable at shortstop, but unlikely to be able to handle that position in a full-time role.
  Arm: Average arm strength. Will occasionally show more than that, but will often dial throws way back in order to ensure accuracy.

Career Notes: Nephew of former MLB player Carlos Beltran, whose baseball academy he attended. Committed to University of Miami before being drafted. First overall pick in the 2019 draft in the Puerto Rican winter league. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020. Did not play in 2020 Puerto Rican winter league due to a wrist injury. Did not participate in the 2021 Puerto Rican winter league despite being announced as part of the Caguas roster. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up.

Summation: Potential up-and-down utility player. Lacks a true carrying tool, but has several that grade in the 40-50 range. If he physically matures and shows improvement at the plate like he did at the end of 2021, projection changes and could develop into a second division regular.

Links
State of the System 2020: Middle Infielders (4.29.2020)
Scout Chatter (11.30.2020)
Notes from the Field (5.15.2022)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2019  Beltran Academy --- HS --- 18 --- 19 7 8 3 0 1 8 14 --- --- 8 --- 0.421 --- --- ---
  2019 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 39 136 19 35 5 1 1 12 45 15 36 3 0 0.257 0.342 0.331 0.673
  2019 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 18 2 8 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
  2019 Manati LBPRC Wint --- 18 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Manati LBPRC Wint ---         DNP - Injured          
  2021 Salem LAE A Bos 20 105 418 61 113 21 3 4 50 152 38 94 15 4 0.270 0.338 0.364 0.701
 
   
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2022 Greenville SAL A+ Bos 21     stats                            
   
     
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