The Rays have been linked to the top international prospect in baseball, SS Wander Franco, over the last couple months, and the details are starting to come together:
sources: rays will sign dominican ss wander franco, the top int'l player in this signing period, for close to $3.9M— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 30, 2017
Franco, the nephew of major league SS Erick Aybar, is a huge signing for the small market Rays, something about which Baseball America marvelled:
Between Brendan McKay and Wander Franco, the Rays could add the top college prospect and the top international prospect to their farm system in less than a month.
International pools are larger than they used to be, so the Rays will not same the same 2-year ban they received for signing top international prospect Adrian Rondon a few years back. Players can begin signing on July 2.
You can read all about Franco and the signing bonus process here.
- The Rays looked very 2016 in Pittsburgh:
Big number in this series for #Rays, went 4-for-29 with RISP, with 1 run-scoring hit.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) June 30, 2017
- Marc Topkin has more on the Rays employee who helped umpire John Tumpane save a woman’s life before Wednesday’s game.
- Also per Topkin: Durham C Mike Marjama, RHP Andrew Kittredge and INFs Willy Adames and Patrick Leonard were named to the International League for the July 12 Triple-A All-Star Game.
- Drew Smyly, who the Rays dealt for Mallex Smith (among others). He will require Tommy John surgery, an injury unique from his shoulder ailments with the Rays. A year ago, Bradley Woodrum ranked Smyly among the top pitchers at risk for needing to undergo the knife this year. Read more here.
- Mercy, this is terribly unfortunate for Yankees prospect Dustin Fowler:
#Yankees have announced an open rupture of right patella tendon for Dustin Fowler in his MLB debut. He will have surgery tonight.— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) June 30, 2017
Deadspin has more on the knee injury.
- And the same goes for SS Trea Turner, who was acquired and the dealt by the Rays in the Souza deal:
Trea Turner has a broken right wrist. No timetable for a return.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) June 30, 2017