Wander Franco Tampa Bay Rays

Age: 20 (March 01, 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
TAM AL 2021 62 246 49 70 22 35 15 4 7 36 2 1 .285 .347 .463 8 13 .307 45/21/33 9 10
Career 1yr 62 246 49 70 22 35 15 4 7 36 2 1 .285 .347 .463 8 13 .307 n/a
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Howard Lynch LynchMob

Tied Mickey Mantle's AL record. Next stop, Frank Robinson's Major League record for players under 21. The way his adjustment has happened, he's got a chance to reach .300 by the end of the season.  Can he steal the ROY from his teammate Arozarena despite only half a season in the league?

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Sep 6

Creeping ever closer to Mickey Mantle's consecutive on base streak of 36 for players under 21.  This time with a HR.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Sep 2

With his 6th inning single against the Orioles, he's got 28 consecutive games on base.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 29

The young fella is finally starting to heat up.  The second youngest player in the AL this year is his teammate Luis PatiƱo, who is 17 months older than Franco.  He's 14 months younger than the youngest NL player. I'm pretty sure he'll start next year and likely finish it as the youngest player in the AL, maybe all of MLB.

Showing his youth he made a headfirst slide into home scoring from first on a double even though the throw didn't come through. He was a little shaken up on the non-play.  Could have been chalk in his eyes or maybe a faceplate. No more headfirst slides.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 21

Double and triple, driving in two, as the Rays move within a half game of the Red Sox.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 31


07.10: Wander Franco is not in the Rays' starting lineup for Saturday's gameagainst the Blue Jays. (Franco had a rough night on Friday evening, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, so it looks like he'll get a day off to reset mentally. He's off to a rocky start, which isn't completely unexpected for such a young hitter at the highest level, slashing .211/.274/.351 with two homers and two steals across 62 plate appearances. The electrifying 20-year-old phenom should be back in the Rays' lineup for Sunday's series finale.)

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 10

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Wander Franco (TBR)

Pitcher: Emmanuel Clase (CLE)

Situation: Bottom 9th, 0 out, 1-2 count, Runners On 1st and 2nd

Score:  CLE 8, TBR 7

Single to LF (Line Drive to Deep LF-CF)
1 run scored on the play, and TBR's win probability increased 41% points, to 92%
TBR went on to win the game, 9-8

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 6

An incredible debut. Walked after starting 0-2 in the first inning. Then, flew out deep to straight away CF.  Yanked a HR over the wall in left on a slider.  Then ripped a double on one hop off the left field wall.*

* Game not over yet. Will update if he bats again. 

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jun 23

Wander Franco (SS) TB - Jun. 20

Franco has been told by the Rays that he'll be called up ahead of Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Franco cemented his status as baseball's top prospect with Triple-A Durham to begin the season, as he slashed .323/.376/.601 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, 30 runs and five stolen bases in 38 games. While Taylor Walls had been serving as the Rays' shortstop after Willy Adames was traded, Franco should see regular playing time in the infield right away.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 21