Wander Franco

Wander Franco

20-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Tampa Bay Rays
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Like most top prospects, Franco spent the summer at his team's alternate training site, but unlike most prospects, he was on the postseason taxi squad and got work in on the field prior to World Series games. His bat speed and contact ability remain elite, but he needs to lift the ball more to maximize his power output. Franco may no longer be a plus runner, but he should still be on base enough to steal double-digit bases. Shoulder inflammation cut short his winter ball season, and while the team says there is no structural damage, it's something to monitor this spring. If there is an MiLB season, he would open the year in the minors and could receive a first-half promotion to the majors. Franco (a switch hitter) won't be platooned, but the Rays generally love platoons and like moving players around, so it's possible he could gain eligibility at some combination of third base, second base and shortstop. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#275
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in June of 2021.
Homers in eighth inning
SSTampa Bay Rays
October 10, 2021
Franco went 2-for-6 with a solo homer and two runs in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS.
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Franco sparked a rally in the top of the eighth inning with his first home run of the postseason. The 20-year-old has been effective across his first three playoff appearances, going 6-for-15 with a homer, two doubles, four runs and two RBI.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
12
17
3
6
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
15
11
3
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+47%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+47%
OPS vs LHP
2020
No Stats
2019
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left 1.020 110 23 4 16 1 .357 .418 .602
Since 2019vs Right .696 198 30 3 23 1 .251 .308 .388
2021vs Left 1.020 110 23 4 16 1 .357 .418 .602
2021vs Right .696 198 30 3 23 1 .251 .308 .388
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2020
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2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .793 147 27 2 21 1 .269 .347 .446
Since 2019Away .825 161 26 5 18 1 .305 .348 .477
2021Home .793 147 27 2 21 1 .269 .347 .446
2021Away .825 161 26 5 18 1 .305 .348 .477
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Wander Franco compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.65
 
BB Rate
7.8%
 
K Rate
12.0%
 
BABIP
.311
 
ISO
.174
 
AVG
.288
 
OBP
.347
 
SLG
.463
 
OPS
.810
 
wOBA
.354
 
Exit Velocity
82.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.2%
 
Barrels/PA
5.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
Franco's only imperfection as a prospect is that he is not yet in the majors. He does not turn 19 until March, yet he has already mastered the Appalachian League, Midwest League and Florida State League. The switch hitter has an extremely rare combination of elite bat speed and an elite approach (54:83 K:BB in 175 games), which will allow him to hit for a very high average with monster power in his peak seasons. He is also a plus runner, but he is still learning how to steal bases efficiently (56.4% success rate on 39 attempts). Even as the clear top signee from the 2017 July 2 international signing class, Franco has exceeded expectations every step of the way, which makes setting expectations for his third pro season something of a challenge. With the Rays in a contention cycle, it would be foolish to just assume Franco will spend another full season in the minors, but early 2021 is his most likely ETA.
Franco won’t turn 18 until March 1, but already looks the part of a future superstar. A switch-hitting shortstop who may end up at third or second, Franco has the quickest bat in the minors. He made consistent, hard contact throughout his pro debut in the Appy League, finishing top five in ISO (.239), wRC+ (159) and BB/K (1.42) as the league’s youngest hitter. Franco was the clear top prospect in the 2017 July 2 international signing class -- pedigree that topples that of the typical player in that league. But consider this: Vlad Jr. toured the Appy League as a 17-year-old two years ago and tallied a .178 ISO, 122 wRC+ and 0.94 BB/K. Simply put, Franco is a significantly better hitter than the top prospect in baseball was at the same age. The Rays rarely fast track prospects, but Franco should be the exception. His MLB ETA is difficult to peg, as he has yet to make his full-season debut, but he will be ready for big-league pitching before he turns 20.
Prior to Franco in 2017, here are the last five consensus top prospects from the July 2 international signing period: Kevin Maitan, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Adrian Rondon, Eloy Jimenez and Franklin Barreto. Rondon looks like a bust and it’s too early to say what Maitan will be. Barreto is a big-league ready top-50 prospect with some upside and some flaws, while Guerrero and Jimenez are easily top-five prospects in the game. Investing in players who have yet to play a professional game, like Franco, is awfully risky, but recent history suggests it’s a risk worth taking if the price is right. Franco is a 5-foot-10 switch-hitting shortstop who turns 17 in March and is expected to eventually move to second base. He was considered the best hitter in this year’s class, with the potential to hit for a high average and offer 20-plus homer pop. The payoff will be at least four years down the road, but the upside is such that Franco should be stashed now in deeper leagues.
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Delivers in playoff debut
SSTampa Bay Rays
October 8, 2021
Franco went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run in Game 1 of the ALDS against Boston on Thursday.
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Plates two in loss
SSTampa Bay Rays
October 2, 2021
Franco went 1-for-5 with a two-run single in a win over the Yankees on Friday.
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On-base streak ends
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 30, 2021
Franco went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Astros on Thursday, ending his on-base streak at 43 games.
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Knocks two extra-base hits
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 26, 2021
Franco went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs scored in Sunday's 3-2 win over Miami.
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Normal usage starting Sunday
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 25, 2021
Franco is available off the bench Saturday and should see normal usage over the rest of the season, radio broadcaster Steve Carney reports.
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