This article will inform readers about some personal information about Wander Franco and also about the number of kids he has.
Wander Samuel Franco Aybar Sr. was born on March 1, 2001. He was nicknamed “El Patron”. He is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2021.
What is the career of Wander Franco?
Franco was ranked as one of the top international prospects in the 2017 international class. He signed with the Tampa Bay Rays organization on July 2, 2017. Franco made his professional debut in 2018 with the Princeton Rays. On July 14, 2018, Franco hit for the cycle while playing for Princeton.
In 2018, at only 17 years old, Franco was named the 2018 Appalachian League Player of the Year after hitting .374/.445/.636 with 11 home runs and 57 runs batted in (RBIs) over 245 plate appearances for the Princeton Rays.
Prior to the 2019 season, Franco was ranked as the fourth best prospect in baseball by Baseball America. He began the season with the Bowling Green Hot Rods. He was promoted to the Charlotte Stone Crabs on June 25. Franco was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game. He finished the 2019 season with a.327/.398/.487 slash line, nine home runs and 53 RBIs.
Prior to the 2020 season, Franco was ranked the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball. On September 22, the Rays added Franco to their Player pool of players who would be eligible to play in the Major League Baseball postseason. Franco did not appear in an MLB game, and did not play in any minor league contests due to the cancellation of the minor league season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, he played in the Dominican Winter League in the 2020-21 offseason with Leones del Escogido, batting .350/.435/.500 in 23 at-bats.
The Rays invited Franco to major league spring training in 2021, but he did not make the team, and began the season in Triple-A with the Durham Bulls. In 39 games with Durham, Franco logged a .315/.367/.586 slash line with seven home runs and 35 RBIs.
On April 22, 2022, Franco had his first multi home run game against the Boston Red Sox. Franco became the youngest player in Tampa Bay Rays franchise history to have a multi homer game, doing so at age 21 and 52 days old.
On May 31, 2022, Franco was placed on the 10-Day IL due to a strained quadriceps. He was activated on June 26. On July 9, 2022, Franco was placed on the 10-Day injured list, two days later it was announced Franco would miss 5-8 weeks due to hand surgery. On September 9, 2022, he was activated off the injured list.
What is the International career of Wander Franco?
Franco represented the Dominican Republic in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. With Willy Adames and Jeremy Peña at shortstop, he instead played second base, splitting time with Ketel Marte. Over the course of nine at-bats in three games, Franco slashed.222,.417, .222/.417/.222, leading the team in walks (along with Juan Soto) with three.
Who are the children of Wander Franco?
Franco Wander has one child. Franco married his girlfriend after the 2021 MLB season. The pair have a son, Wander Samuel Franco Jr., born in late 2018, and have another son, born in 2022.