Matthew Lugo Portland Sea Dogs 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: Mid 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 (1/23): ---
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: ---
Instagram: @_matthewlugo

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Average frame with some remaining projection. Has filled out since he signed. 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. Concerns about his approach will translate against more advanced pitching. Potential fringe-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: After spending most of his career at shortstop, moved to third base in August 2022 in what appears to be a full-time transition off of short, or close to it. Was inconsistent defensively at shortstop. Would flash soft hands and fluid actions in the field, but also would also miss a routine play. At third base, he shows average range, but is a little stiff and upright in the field. Looks more comfortable at third base than shortstop. Bad decision-making also leads to errors on plays where he would be better suited to just hold the ball. Potential average defender at third base.
  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 the 2021 Fall Performance Program. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Was set to participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that was cancelled due to Hurricane Ian.

Summation: Potential up-and-down utility player. Ceiling of a reserve infielder. Lacks a true carrying tool, but has several that grade in the 45-50 range. Bat took a step forward in 2022, but still needs to improve his approach, especially breaking balls. Needs to cut his chase rate and improve quality of contact to reach his potential at the plate. Given his defensive profile, will have to hit to reach his potential.

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 Spinners 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 Atenienses de 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 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2020 Atenienses de Manati LBPRC Wint ---         DNP - Injured          
  2021 Salem Red Sox 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 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 21 114 466 76 134 25 10 18 78 233 35 100 20 7 0.288 0.344 0.500 0.844
  2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 21 3 12 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 4 0 0 0.083 0.083 0.167 0.250
  2023 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 22   stats                              
 
   
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  South Atlantic League Player of the Week (Aug. 15-21, 2022)
South Atlantic League Player of the Month (August 2022)
  SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 16-22, 2022)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (Aug. 15-21, 2022)
 
   





   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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