Wander Franco Tampa Bay Rays

Age: 19 (March 1, 2001) | 5' 10" | 189lbs. | Bats: Both Minors: 2b-20
TAM R 2018 61 242 46 85 27 19 10 7 11 57 4 3 .351 .418 .587 10 7 .346 n/a
TAM A 2019 62 233 42 74 30 20 16 5 6 29 14 9 .318 .390 .506 11 7 .318 n/a
TAM A+ 2019 52 192 40 65 26 15 11 2 3 24 4 5 .339 .408 .464 12 7 .346 n/a
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... Alas, the next generation often seems of little concern to the league. M.L.B. will likely shutter dozens of minor league franchises next season, and it slashed last week’s draft to five rounds, from 40. Both are short-sighted moves that will shrink the game’s overall reach, drain its talent pool and drive away people who could help grow the sport, whether they reach the majors or not.


Alex Patton Alex
Jun 17

When you wake up on the West Coast and read the Cal Ripken Jr. profile by Joe Pos before realizing Fangraphs has its updated top 100 out.  I guess I'll look at this at 8pm real time.  They rate Wander Franco as an 80 player on the 20-80 scale.  Yes, that's pretty absurd.  

As with most of Joe Pos's rankings, the Cal article could have kept going and going.  It made me wish for more.  

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Feb 12

Oops, sorry 'bout that ... that explains the absence of Lux and May also, I s'pose :-)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jan 27

AL only rankings.  It's in the fine print.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 27

Eugene ... what's your thinking in not have MacKenzie Gore in your Top 25?

Asking for a friend ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jan 27

Here is the BP 2020-prospects-the-top-101.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 27

MLB Prospect Watch came out yesterday with a one hour show on MLB Network.  With us still awaiting BP and a Fangraphs update, I have my own proprietary AL rankings based upon weighted rankings of the various lists.  I also think Keith Law will have a top 100 now that he's at the Athletic, meaning ESPN likely won't have one at all.  These are pretty much fixed at the top 3 no matter what the other rankings say.  After that there's much tighter ranking points.

Here are my rankings of the first two rounds. My rankings blend long-term and short-term value. They are not based on a redraft this year valuation. They also blend real baseball and rotisserie value.  I also place a slight premium on hitters over pitchers because TINSTAAPP.  

1. Wander Franco

2. Luis Robert

3. Jo Adell

4. Adley Rutschman

5. Casey Mize

6. Jesus Luzardo

7. Jared Kelenic

8. Julio Rodriguez

9. Nate Pearson

10. Royce Lewis

11. Brendan McKay

12. Andrew Vaughn

13. Bobby Witt Jr.

14. Matt Manning

15. Alex Kiriloff

16. Forrest Whitley

17. Michael Kopech

18. AJ Puk

19. Sean Murphy

20. Riley Greene

21. Nick Madrigal

22. Vidal Brujan

23. Tarik Skubal

24. Jordan Groshans

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 26

Baseball America rolled out its Top 100 Prospects today. Rays not only have the top prospect, they have the most (8) in the top 100. Dodgers are next with seven. Brewers are last with zero.


Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22

Sickels' #1:

1) Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays, Grade A: Previously No. 1; hit .327/.398/.487 combined between Low-A and High-A at age 18; best position player long-term still in the minor leagues; stock holding nicely, no change in outlook.

Dec 31 '19

What does he say about Dylan Carson?

Yes, Happy New Year!

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 31 '19