Jun 22, 2021 - Sports
Top MLB prospect Wander Franco to make debut for the Tampa Bay Rays
Wander Franco at bat for the Charlotte Stone Crabs during a Florida State League game against the Clearwater Threshers in July 2019. Photo: Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays called up top prospect Wander Franco from the Durham Bulls for Tuesday's game against the Boston Red Sox. (Watch him get the news — it's touching.)

Why it matters: Baseball geeks have been waiting for this moment for a few years. Franco is ... really, really good.

What they're saying ...

  • The 20-year-old ballplayer is "unlike any other prospect in the sport," writes Michael Baumann in The Ringer. "Wander Francos don’t come along every day."
  • FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen called Franco "the best prospect on the planet, and the best I’ve evaluated."
  • "The dude is a phenom, a force of nature, as good of a prospect as the game has seen in years," writes Jeff Mintz on FoxSports.com. "He is a very good defensive shortstop with crisp hands and an above-average arm. But the true magnificence comes at the plate."
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