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Wander Franco SS

Tampa Bay Rays

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Player Updates

September 22, 2020 10:08 AM
Rays' Wander Franco: Makes postseason player pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco has been named to the Rays' 40-man postseason player pool, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

Teams in the postseason will be allowed to carry a 40-man pool, even though only 28 players will be eligible for active status at any one time. Franco's inclusion is notable considering his elite prospect status, although it's still more likely that he doesn't see any game action. Nevertheless, Toribio notes Franco could still benefit from being around the team in a playoff environment in anticipation of a big-league roster spot in 2021.

September 20, 2020 09:52 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Callup not in works
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rays aren't expected to have Franco make his big-league debut until 2021, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Tampa Bay is including Franco in its 40-man postseason pool, but barring an injury to Willy Adames, the 19-year-old switch hitter likely won't be making an appearance this fall. Despite not having the opportunity to play in affiliated ball in 2020, Franco remains the top prospect in baseball and will likely retain that title until he reaches the majors.

August 19, 2020 10:48 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Callup in 2020 remains unlikely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco continues to work out regularly at the Rays' alternate training site in Port Charlotte, but he's unlikely to receive a promotion to the big club at any point in 2020, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 2020 Super Two deadline has come and gone, but the extra year of service time the Rays have already gained won't be enough to entice the organization to call up its top prospect. Instead, the Rays appear inclined to treat this season as another development one for the 19-year-old phenom, who will at least have the benefit of playing in simulated games against some of the team's top pitching prospects in Port Charlotte. Assuming he stays healthy and continues to pass any tests the organization's braintrust gives him, Franco looks on track to make his MLB debut at some point in early 2021.

June 26, 2020 01:44 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Expected to be in player pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco is expected to be part of the Rays' 60-man player pool that will report to the team's summer camp, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

The prize prospect's expected inclusion means he's expected to report to Port Charlotte, one of the two sites the Rays will use for their summer camp. The 19-year-old will therefore have a chance to continue his development despite the expected absence of a 2020 minor-league season, with the opportunity to play against big-league talent in intrasquad games projected as one of the biggest benefits of the move. That also leaves open the admittedly remote possibility Franco shows enough to earn a spot on the active roster at some point during the 60-game campaign, although the Rays continue to prioritize his continuing education as a player above all else. "We're not going to force anything. We're not going to throw any additional expectations on him," Rays general manager Erik Neander said in February. "We just want to make sure that we do right by him, progress him in all aspects of his development as best as we can, and prepare him for one day being a Major League player."

April 26, 2020 06:48 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Chances for '20 debut mixed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco's chances of making his big-league debut during the 2020 season will likely be dampened if there is no minor-league season, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

The elite prospect's chances of seeing big-league action in 2020 even if the season would have unfolded as planned may have been relatively remote, considering he's yet to take an at-bat above the High-A level. Despite the fact Franco is unquestionably on the fast track to the majors, the Rays would ideally like to get him more seasoning, leading Toribio to surmise an outright cancellation of the minor-league season would further depress the odds of the 19-year-old making his debut in a truncated year. However, he adds the disclaimer that the organization's view could change if the Rays find themselves in contention and conclude that Franco -- whose stellar .318/.390/.506 line at Low-A Bowling Green last season qualifies as the least impressive overall of his three professional stops to date -- could significantly improve the team's offensive firepower.

March 25, 2020 12:36 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Minimal action in spring training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco hit .286 (2-for-7) with one RBI and and one run over three Grapefruit League games before spring training was suspended.

Franco wasn't slated to see an abundance of exhibition action since he's not likely to log any time in the majors in the coming regular season. However, the organization did want to get its top prospect his first taste of experience against big-league arms after he quickly mastered pitching at three different levels of the minors over the last two seasons. Franco topped out at High-A Charlotte in 2019, so he's likely to start the 2020 campaign at Double-A Montgomery. Jeff Passan of ESPN also reports Franco was set to play for the Dominican Republic team that was going to try and qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics, but that event has now been postponed for at least several months due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 29, 2020 11:24 AM
Rays' Wander Franco: Leads off in first spring start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco started and hit leadoff in Friday's Grapefruit League win over the Nationals, going 1-for-4 with a run.

Franco was making his first Grapefruit League start, but he'd made his debut Thursday in a split-squad win over the Tigers when he entered the game as a defensive replacement for Willy Adames and grounded out to the pitcher in his only at-bat. The teenage phenom, who turns 19 on March 1, has rocketed through three minor-league stops over the last two seasons, hitting well over .300 at the Rookie, Low-A and High-A levels. Franco will gain valuable experience in big-league camp this spring, and he could potentially put it to use later this season if his meteoric rise through the ranks continues.

February 26, 2020 02:32 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Will make spring debut Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Kevin Cash said that Franco will join the Rays for Thursday's split-squad game against the Tigers, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.

The 18-year-old phenom is scheduled to substitute in for Willy Adames at shortstop midway through Thursday's contest before making the trip with the big club to West Palm Beach, Fla. for Friday's game against the Nationals. Franco's exposure to big-league camp at this stage of his development speaks to his elite talent, and the Rays remain open to the possibility of the switch-hitting infielder making his MLB debut at some point in 2020 if his performance warrants it. After torching the competition in stops at Low-A Bowling Green and High-A Charlotte last season, Franco could report to Double-A Montgomery to begin the campaign.

February 12, 2020 04:28 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: In team's plans for 2020
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rays senior vice president of baseball operations Erik Neander said "we want Wander to be in our plans this year" during the team's Fan Fest last weekend, Mari Faiello of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

This is going to be a common topic for the Rays this spring and throughout the season, and the team's brass is not shying away from the notion that the game's top prospect could debut in his age-19 season. He walked almost twice as much as he struck out while slashing .339/.408/.464 at High-A as an 18-year-old, so he could make quick work of Double-A and Triple-A pitching. If Tampa is really serious about fast-tracking him, he could even skip one of those levels on his path to the majors. Given Willy Adames' defensive prowess at shortstop, Franco will likely debut at the keystone.

August 13, 2019 12:36 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Not slowing down at High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco has gone 11-for-41 (.268 average) with a 4:4 BB:K across his last 10 games with High-A Charlotte.

Franco's recent performance represents a relative downturn, which serves as a testament to the 18-year-old's immense talent. Since moving up to High-A a little less than two months ago, Franco has continued to display a highly polished hit tool, striking out just 11 times in 168 plate appearances (6.5 percent). The shortstop should gradually tap into more power as his body matures, but his .333/.405/.486 slash line (161 wRC+) is still good enough to make him a star player in the Florida State League. He's the undisputed No. 1 prospect in baseball, and that seems unlikely to change until he ultimately reaches the majors.

June 29, 2019 12:52 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Gets Futures Game nod
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco, who was promoted to High-A Charlotte last Sunday, was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game on Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

The elite prospect was one of three members of the Rays organization nominated to participate in the July 7 game, as both Brendan McKay, who's set for his first major-league start Saturday, and Ronaldo Hernandez also received nods. The 18-year-old largely earned the honor by slashing .318/.390/.506 with six home runs and 29 RBI for Low-A Bowling Green over 62 games earlier in the season, but it's worth noting he's now also gone 9-for-15 with a double, two home runs and five RBI over his first four games with the Stone Crabs.

June 23, 2019 09:12 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Earns promotion to High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco was promoted from Low-A Bowling Green to High-A Charlotte on Sunday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

Franco will get his first taste of High-A after facing little resistance at Low-A, slashing .318/.390/.506 with six homers, 14 stolen bases and a 30:20 BB:K in 62 games with the Hot Rods. If he continues to excel at the next level, the highly-regarded youngster could potentially make his way to Double-A before the end of the season. According to Josh Tolentino of The Athletic, the 18-year-old Franco will join the Stone Crabs ahead of Tuesday's game against Ft. Myers.

June 12, 2019 09:36 AM
Rays' Wander Franco: Holding own at Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco is batting .322/.389/.517 with six home runs and a 12-for-18 success rate on stolen-base attempts across 239 plate appearances with Low-A Bowling Green this season.

Franco owns a monstrous 154 wRC+ on the campaign, production that becomes even more meaningful after accounting for the fact that the 18-year-old is not only one of the youngest players in full-season ball, but also younger than all but three players selected in the first round of last week's 2019 first-year player draft. Franco's quick bat from both sides of the plate coupled with his plus speed and plus raw power are some of the more notable tools he offers, but the way he's controlled his at-bats may be the most impressive aspect of his performance in the Midwest League. He maintains a 18:26 K:BB on the season, with his 7.5 percent strikeout rate supporting his reputation as an elite contact hitter. Franco looks well on his way to opening 2020 as the sport's consensus top prospect, especially with Vladimir Guerrero having already graduated from prospect status and star rookies Fernando Tatis and Austin Riley on track to do the same within the next few weeks.

May 1, 2019 02:40 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Heats up at Bowling Green
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco's season line is up to .311/.393/.568 with 11 extra-base hits (six doubles, two triples, three home runs) and 10 RBI across 85 plate appearances at Low-A Bowling Green.

All three components of Franco's line have seen an appreciable boost over the last 10 games, a stretch during which he's hit .395 with three home runs, seven RBI, four walks, four steals and nine runs. The promising 18-year-old recently slugged all three of those round trippers over a two-game period against Fort Wayne. His slow start is now behind him, and Franco seems to be on his way to largely replicating the success he enjoyed in rookie ball at Princeton in 2018 (.351/.418/.587).

April 16, 2019 04:36 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Mixed results early
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco is slashing .222/.349/.333 across his first 43 plate appearances with Low-A Bowling Green.

The line is partly comprised of three extra-base hits (two doubles, one triple), three RBI and seven walks, which has helped his OBP to a respectable level. Given his body of work in rookie ball at Princeton last season at just 17 years of age (.351/.418/.587 line across 273 plate appearances), the outlook for Franco's 2019 remains exceedingly bright. Moreover, Franco may be picking it up at the plate, as he's hit now safely in three straight games.

April 2, 2019 02:40 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Joins Hot Rods
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco will open the season with Low-A Bowling Green, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

This was the lowest realistic level Franco was going to be assigned to, as some more aggressive organizations may have even sent the 18-year-old phenom to High-A to start the season. The Rays are known for a slow-and-low approach with prospect promotions, but Franco is the exception to almost every rule. He could reach the upper levels of the minors in the second half of the season.

August 8, 2018 07:56 PM
Rays' Wander Franco: Continues to impress with Princeton
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Franco went 3-for-5 with one home run, two runs, five RBI and a walk in Tuesday's game for the Princeton Rays.

He has been the seventh best hitter in the Appalachian League this season (159 wRC+) while being the second-youngest hitter in the league. What really stands out about Franco is that he is already getting so much power in games (.258 ISO) while walking more than he strikes out (12:14 K:BB). In fact, his 6.7 percent strikeout rate is the second-best rate in the league. He checks all the boxes one looks for in a teenage prospect with the potential to someday be viewed as the best prospect in baseball.

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Minor League Batting Stats
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2018ROK-Princeton Rays6124246851071157271943.351.418.587
2019AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab521924065112324261545.339.408.464
2019AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro6223342741656293020149.318.390.506
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-10/189
Birthdate:
3/1/2001
Age:
19
Hometown:
Bani, DR
Bats/Throws:
S/R
Team:
Tampa Bay Rays
College:

MLB Experience:
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