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Wander Franco clobbers first spring homerun

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The game’s top prospect absolutely destroyed this baseball

The number one prospect in all of baseball, Wander Franco, just absolutely clobbered his first homerun of the spring.

Starting at shortstop and hitting 7th for the Tampa Bay Rays in Wednesday’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Port Charlotte, Franco came up to bat in the bottom of second. Facing Pirates right-handed pitcher Miguel Yajure, Franco didn’t waste any time as he went after the first offering and sent it to orbit.

More accurately, he dropped the bat head and barreled the ball deep to right field with the ball either hitting off of the Rays clubhouse building in right field or landing on top of it.

Franco finished the 2019 season in High-A. During the 2020 season, he spent the year at the Rays alternate training site and then once the Rays reached the playoffs, Franco was included among the Rays postseason player pool.

Franco, who just turned 20 years old with the onset of March, has been the Rays top prospect since the start of the 2019 season. For the past two seasons, Baseball America has had him as the number one prospect in the game, becoming just the 4th player in history to be named their top overall prospect in consecutive seasons.