Wander Franco Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 10" / 189 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/1/2001 (20)
Wander Franco Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Wander Franco News
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop prospect Wander Franco went 4-for-5 with a double and drove in three runs on Tuesday. The 20-year-old phenom now has a .299 batting average after slipping to as low as .268 in mid-May. Impressively, Franco hasn't struck out since May 22, which is a span of seven games. Overall, he has a BB-K ratio of 9-11 in 23 games. His outstanding bat-to-ball skill has helped him hit .331 over his three-year pro career. With defensive whiz and fellow rookie Taylor Walls struggling with the bat and Mike Brosseau hitting just .168, Franco could easily slide onto the Rays' 25-man roster. Tampa Bay management likely wants to see a little more sustained success before pulling the trigger on this talented youngster but the wait is almost over.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop prospect Wander Franco will not be getting called up anytime soon, and could be several weeks or months away from joining the Rays, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin adds that the fact that Franco is just 20 years old, had not played in 19 months due to the cancelled minor league season, and is playing above Single-A for the first time in his career are all factors in the decision making process. Over 11 games at Triple-A this season, Franco is slashing .348/.404/.652 with three home runs, one steal, 10 RBI and runs scored. When he does eventually get called up, he should be a near instant impact player in fantasy.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco, the top prospect in baseball, finished 3-for-5 with a triple, two singles, two RBI and a steal in his first game action with Triple-A Durham on Tuesday night. Franco hit .327 across two minor league levels in 114 games in 2019. He has been rated with the highest hit tool by scouts, and the Rays have worked on his defensive versatility in order to keep his bat in the lineup every day. He has primarily played shortstop in his career, but Tampa Bay has given him repetitions at second and third base at the alternate training site. We'll continue to keep an eye on baseball's best prospect as the summer nears, but if Franco continues to hit at Triple-A, we could see him make his major league debut sooner rather than later.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop prospect Wander Franco is a long shot to start the season on the Big League roster, but he'll be a popular name in fantasy circles this draft season as the baseball world waits for his inevitable call-up. The 20-year-old wunderkind tore the cover off the ball across two seasons in the Minors, en route to a .336/.405/.523 career slash line. Unfortunately, Franco hasn't played above Class-A Advanced and it's anyone's guess how Tampa plans on handling their top-prospect after his development was interrupted. What we do know is Franco can hit. His 80-grade hit-tool is not a ranking scouts give out often and he boasts elite plate discipline with 81 walks against just 54 strikeouts in two years of professional ball. As of January, his average draft position sits near 250th overall. That would be an incredible value for a player with his upside. Watch Franco in Spring Training, though, as his ADP could skyrocket if he has a big March. However, Franco was re-assigned to minor league camp on March 15, almost guaranteeing that we won't see him in the big leagues until May at the earliest. Also, Tampa Bay is notorious for manipulating playing time for MLB players in a bid to keep their arbitration costs down. Let someone else take the gamble on Wander in redraft.