The nephew of nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltran, Lugo trained and went to school at his uncle's baseball academy in Florida, Puerto Rico. The island's top prospect in the 2019 Draft, he drew some first-round interest, so Boston was happy to find him available toward the end of the second round. Signed for $1.1 million, he has the best all-around tools of the system's young middle-infield prospects.
Lugo's bat speed and feel for making hard contact give him above-average raw power, and he could develop into a 20-homer threat once he gets stronger. Though he was one of the younger players in the 2019 Draft, the right-handed hitter already shows an understanding of using the entire field, driving the ball in the air and managing the strike zone. He flashes plus speed but probably will slow a bit as he fills out physically.
While some clubs projected Lugo as more of a second or third baseman before the Draft, the Red Sox are convinced he'll remain at shortstop. They view him as a twitchy athlete with the quickness and range for the position. There are no concerns about his arm strength or hands.