The Tampa Bay Rays have been an organization with a relatively strong minor-league system over the last few years. However, with their current state, the future looks to be very bright. In Minor League Baseball’s latest rankings of each farm system, the Rays came in at number one.
They have many exciting players who are likely to make an impact in the big leagues in the coming years, led by 19-year-old shortstop Wander Franco. Currently the top prospect in the game, the Dominican Republic product has raked at every level in the minors, showing the type of hitting tools that could make one think he will be a star in the show.
Franco was signed by the Rays as an international free agent in 2017 and instantly made an impact when he began his career. In Franco’s first season as a pro, he was named the 2018 Appalachian League Player of the Year after hitting .351 with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs in 61 games. Last year Franco split time between Single-A Bowling Green and High-A Charlotte, compiling a .326 average across 114 games while hitting nine home runs.
A Future Star
The Rays are taking their time with Franco’s development, but his bat is doing the talking as he continues…