After losing 6 games in a row, the Rays front office formed the long-awaited decision to call up the blossoming young superstar, Wander Franco.
Wander is a 20-year old infielder from the Dominican Republic. The Rays signed him when he was only 16 years old, and he’s been notably impressive ever since. Franco was named the #1 prospect in all of baseball for the second year in a row. The height of expectations for this kid are through the roof, making it an exciting time for Tampa Bay sports.
Wander was promoted to Triple-A Durham after Spring Training this year. The Durham Bulls have been a firing force in the minor leagues for a while now, however, the team they have developed this season may be the best one yet. Aside from Franco, young studs like Vidal Brujan, Josh Lowe, and Kevin Padlo are a part of the stacked squad. The Bulls are currently first in the Triple-A Southeast Division with a record of 28-13. They have scored 252 runs as a team and have hit 66 HRs. Their team batting average is a remarkable .267; second among all Triple-A East opponents. Wander Franco has been a vital contributor on the offensive end for the Bulls, leading the team in batting average (.315), RBIs (35), hits (51), and triples (6). These stats show the combination of his tremendous hitting expertise and above average speed. Franco also comes with a stable glove as a middle infielder. Scouts all over the league believe this youthful phenom will have a smooth slide into the big leagues.
Many fans are probably “wander-ing” how the infield will look with an addition like Franco. Obviously, we will have increased depth in these positions, with some players losing playing time as a result of it. It’s ultimately going to depend on who’s excelling most on the field, but I believe Kevin Cash is going to use this depth and switch the lineup around on a daily basis to give the guys some extra rest. Yandy Diaz and Ji-Man Choi will be likely to rotate at 1B. Walls and Franco will switch out at SS and we may also catch them playing 2B and 3B. Wendle will likely man 3B for the most part, and we should expect to see Brandon Lowe playing some outfield as his bat starts to heat up. This fantastic selection of infielders should get fans eager for the future of the season, as the Rays head towards the All-Star break only a 1/2 game out of first place.