Wander Franco Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 10" / 189 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/1/2001 (21)
Wander Franco Season Stats
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Wander Franco News
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (quadriceps) will serve as the designated hitter for Triple-A Durham on Friday and could return Sunday against the Pirates. Of course, all will need to go well Friday, and his evaluation on Saturday will also need to pass smoothly. After a huge April in which he had a .912 OPS with four homers and three steals, Franco fell off in May with a .566 OPS, no homers and just one steal. Perhaps the injury played a part in those numbers, but either way, he should be better once he returns. He is still a must-start asset for fantasy managers.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (quadriceps) started at shortstop for Triple-A Durham on Wednesday and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Franco is scheduled to play a few more minor league rehab games this week for Durham, so he didn't play the full game on Wednesday. If the 21-year-old can avoid setbacks this week, there's a chance that he could return from the injured list this weekend to face the Pittsburgh Pirates. Before is injury, Franco was hitting .270/.305/.421 with four home runs, 19 RBI, 27 runs scored and four stolen bases in 45 games as the team's everyday shortstop. He's a must-start fantasy asset once he returns to the majors. Taylor Walls has been filling in at the 6 regularly with Franco sidelined.
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco (quadriceps) could return to the majors on either Saturday or Sunday, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Franco began a rehab assignment with the Rookie-level Florida Complex League Rays this past weekend and he's having his assignment transferred to Triple-A on Wednesday. He will play in three games at Triple-A from Wednesday to Friday, then the team will reassess. Franco has been out since late May with a right quadriceps strain, but it looks like fantasy managers will have his services back soon.
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.