You are reading the title of this article correctly: the Tampa Bay Rays have called up baseball’s top prospect for the past two seasons, Wander Franco, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Franco has shot up the prospect board and has been referred to as a generational talent. He’s one of just four players to have been named Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect in baseball for two consecutive years.
He started out the 2021 minor league season in Triple-A Durham, skipping Double-A Montgomery entirely, and he has looked incredible so far.
In 39 games with the Durham Bulls, over 162 at-bats, Franco has hit .315/.367/.586 with 51 hits, 11 doubles, 7 home runs and 35 RBI.
His average and on-base numbers this season have been the worst in his minor league career so far, which is an incredible thing to say considering most players would dream of those numbers being their best.
He’s split time between shortstop and third base and with Taylor Walls currently holding down the fort at shortstop after Willy Adames was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, it would only make sense for Franco to play third.
Franco will need some more time to get adjusted to the position, but the encouraging news that we’ve seen is that he’s been able to figure out left-handed pitching this season, something that plagued him in his first two minor league seasons.
He’s also made some great plays out in the field, so anyone who might have been concerned about his fielding, he’s looked very comfortable thus far.
There’s a lot of hype about Franco, and understandably so. He hit this home run in March during spring training, and we’re still wondering if this ball actually landed.
For those who were waiting for him, this was 100% unexpected for him to get called up this early, but Rays fans are more excited than ever to have seen this news, especially since the Rays were just swept in Seattle.
That four-game sweep and six-game losing streak has now gone out the window because the next potential phenom in baseball has arrived, and his name is Wander Franco.