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Wander Franco

Born: 03/01/2001 (Age: 18)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 189
Primary Position: SS
Medium frame; compact and athletic with a thick lower half. Has room to carry some additional good weight.
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 06/25/2019
Dates Seen 3X May/June 2019
Affiliate Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low A, Rays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2021 High 70 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 70 Upright stance with hands starting high; Appears more comfortable and natural from the left side; utilizes a toe tap timing mechanism from the right side and bigger leg kick from the left. Expect the right side to catch up with more at-bats versus lefties. Elite bat control with a short, quick swing. Plus bat speed, stays balanced, recognizes spin well.
Power 60 Plus raw, mostly pull-side presently. Advanced hit tool will allow him to attack in hitters' counts. Power will play above-average with maturity.
Baserunning/Speed 50 4.19 home to first clock from the left, 4.26 from the right. Raw speed will play average at maturity. Currently very aggressive on the bases to the point of recklessness, will make needless mistakes running into outs or getting picked off; will improve with more experience.
Glove 50 Quick first step and adequate hands. Shows solid range.
Arm 45 Fringe-average arm strength for SS, has to step into throws from short. Will likely necessitate a move to 2B, where the arm will play as average.

Franco's an elite hitting prospect who will have above average power with maturity. He will likely find a home at second, but the bat is strong enough to handle a move to any position. Profiles as a perennial All-Star, impact player.

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