Wander Franco Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 10" / 189 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/1/2001 (20)
Wander Franco Season Stats
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Wander Franco News
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco signed a 12-year, $223 million contract extension with the team on Tuesday. Franco won't turn 21 years old until next March. He's that good, folks. This massive deal is the biggest for a player that has yet to play a full season in the big leagues, beating Ronald Acuna Jr.'s eight-year, $100 million deal with the Atlanta Braves. Franco is a five-tool player at a premium position and showed he was the real deal right away in his first 70 games in 2021, hitting .288/.347/.463 with seven home runs, 39 RBI, two stolen bases and 53 runs scored in 308 plate appearances. The Rays continue to sign their best young players to big extensions, as Franco will join the likes of Evan Longoria, Matt Moore, Chris Archer and Brandon Lowe.
The Tampa Bay Rays and shortstop Wander Franco are moving close to a long-term deal. The details of the deal still need to be worked out after Thanksgiving, but this deal is expected to be for more than 10 years with a guarantee close to $200 million. It will be a massive deal for a player just 20 years of age, but Franco quickly showed why he was the top prospect in baseball in 2021. The current record contract for a player with less than one full year of service time is Ronald Acuna Jr.'s eight-year, $100 million contract with the Atlanta Braves. Franco slashed .288/.347/.463 with seven home runs in 70 games in his rookie season in 2021 and is the best young rising star in the game.
The Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly made shortstop Wander Franco a massive extension offer. The contract the team has proposed is said to be worth between $150 and $200 million dollars over the course of at least 10 seasons. In just over two months and 308 plate appearances in the major leagues, Franco has slashed .288/.347/.463 with seven homers, two steals, which is apparently enough of a track record for the Rays to make a substantial investment in the 20-year-old. As things currently stand, Franco would not be arbitration-eligible until after the 2024 season, and he wouldn't be up for free agency until after the 2027 campaign. Franco's representatives are expected to make a counter-offer in the coming days.
Wander Franco turned heads with a record-setting 43-game on-base streak at age 20 in his rookie campaign, and his season wasn't bad either with a .288/.347/.463 line with seven homers across 306 PAs. He was even better at Triple-A, slashing .313/.372/.583 with seven homers and five steals in 180 PAs. His signature skill was his plate discipline, where his 7.8 BB% and 12 K% would stand out even if he wasn't 20 years old. Nobody offers more raw upside than Franco, but fantasy managers should be aware that he'll need to grow a little to justify his 54.12 ADP in our game. His 8.3% HR/FB backed by 92.6 mph of average airborne exit velocity and a below-average 4.9% rate of Brls/BBE suggests that he cannot consistently access his raw power in games yet. His .414 xSLG was nearly 50 points below his actual mark as well. Likewise, his stolen base potential could be limited by a history of bad success rates on the farm and the analytical organization he plays for. Franco's batting average is real and he is projected to occupy an important slot in Tampa's batting order, so he still offers a reasonable floor. His draft position is full of guys with tantalizing upside but questions of their own (Francisco Lindor 49.91 ADP, Tyler O'Neill 50.52 ADP, Austin Riley 54.17 ADP, Adalberto Mondesi 55.04 ADP), so Franco is probably a fair value at his current cost.