Wander Franco Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 10" / 189 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/1/2001 (21)
Wander Franco Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Wander Franco News
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (hand) is back at shortstop and is hitting third on Tuesday against the Cleveland Guardians and right-hander Shane Bieber. However, infielder Yandy Diaz (shoulder) remains out. Franco jammed his left hand in Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he's back in there for fantasy managers. The 21-year-old has missed a lot of time in 2022 due to injuries, but he's hitting a strong .328 (21-for-64) with no homers, eight RBI and eight runs scored in 18 games since returning from the injured list on Sept. 9. Get him back into your lineups. Diaz will be available off the bench on Tuesday and is expected to return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Wander Franco (hand) was removed from Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays with a jammed left hand. According to manager Kevin Cash, Franco jammed his left hand on a swing earlier in the game and was "fine.'' He would have hit in the eighth inning if the score (6-1) was closer. The 21-year-old is considered day-to-day as he was removed from Sunday's contest for precautionary reasons. Tampa Bay is off on Monday; Franco's next chance to return will be Tuesday against the Cleveland Guardians.
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Wander Franco isn't in the team's lineup on Monday for a matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays and right-handed starter Jose Berrios. The 21-year-old is hitting .265 this season with a .310 on-base percentage, five home runs, and five stolen bases in 258 plate appearances for Tampa Bay. He'll head to the bench with shortstop Taylor Walls stepping in at shortstop and batting ninth. Walls has logged 412 plate appearances so far for Tampa Bay, hitting .177 with a .267 on-base percentage, six home runs, and eight stolen bases. Fantasy managers in search of streaming options are probably better off looking elsewhere.
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.