UPDATE: Franco added a double and run scored in his next at bat. The game has gone into extra innings and Franco is 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and three RBIs.
Wander Franco has arrived! The Tampa Bay Rays top prospect made his major league debut on Tuesday and he wasted no time making an impression. The young stud walked in his first at bat, flew out to center in his second at bat, and then hit a three-run bomb in the fifth inning. The home run went 362 feet and tied up the game at 5-5.
WANDER FRANCO. MAJOR LEAGUE HOME RUN. pic.twitter.com/477deDm7M7— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 23, 2021
Franco was viewed as the No. 1 prospect in baseball and finally got his chance on Tuesday after dominating at Triple A. In 39 games at Triple-A Durham this season, Franco had a slash line of .315/.367/.586 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs, and 24 total extra base hits.
He’s playing third base in his MLB debut. In the minors, he made 28 starts at short stop, seven at third base, and three at second base. The Rays clearly are comfortable playing him all around the infield to ensure they have him regularly in their lineup. Tampa is currently in second place in the American League East, half a game back of the Red Sox entering this game.