It’s official! Wander Franco has been called up to the major leagues by the Tampa Bay Rays. Franco, baseball’s top prospect, joins a Rays team that finds themselves in a bit of a slump, having lost 6 straight games.
Wander Franco Called Up: Baseball’s Top Prospect
Franco was named the top prospect in baseball going into the 2020 season by Baseball America and was ranked again in the top spot in 2021. He joins Andruw Jones, Joe Mauer, and Bryce Harper as the only players to be named the top player in consecutive years.
Franco, who is only 20 years of age, is hitting .323/.376/.601 with 7 home runs on the season for AAA Durham. He profiles as a 5-tool player who also has 6 triples already on the year. Naturally a shortstop, Franco has also seen some action at second base and third base and gives the Rays another multi-purpose infielder.
Wander Franco Called Up: The Fit in Tampa
Until the last week, Tampa had been on a roll and owned the best record in baseball. They now find themselves a half-game back of the Red Sox and have seen the Yankees start closing the gap for the second position. The team did create a hole at shortstop with the trade of Willy Adames last month. They had temporarily plugged the hole with other top prospect, Taylor Walls, but he has seen his hitting drop in the past couple of weeks.
The Rays will hope that Franco can be a jolt of energy for the big league club as they fight with the Red Sox, and to a lesser extent the Yankees, for the division. Franco has proven that he can be a transcendent talent since signing with the organization in the 2017 and the Rays will hope that he can be the missing piece to a World Series.
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