Wander Franco

SS · Tampa Bay Rays

Bats S Throws R
Height 5'10" Weight 189
DOB 2001-03-01 Age 22.5
Hometown Bani, Dominican Republic
2023 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 6.06, 81st

Season Projections

THE BAT$1814261055574157344137046609.8133.283.339.429.768.146

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Rays making postseason plans without Franco

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    The Tampa Bay Rays are making their postseason plans without shortstop Wander Franco on the roster.

    Sep 21 · ESPN Rays Wander Franco
  • Wander Franco Being Investigated For Second Complaint

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    A special prosecutor in the Dominican Republic is investigating a second formal complaint that Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco engaged in a relationship with a minor, which is the latest of three accusations against the 22-year-old, according to sources. The first complaint against Franco was filed on July 17. The third girl has not spoken to authorities and they are still investigating her alleged relationship with Franco. Prosecutors hope to speak with Franco, who is on administrative leave and is unlikely to play again in 2023, in the coming weeks. Major League Baseball often waits until a criminal investigation is finished to discipline players, but fantasy managers that roster Franco in dynasty/keeper leagues should expect some sort of lengthy suspension in 2024 as well.

    Aug 30 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Everything we know about the Wander Franco investigation

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    On Tuesday, MLB announced that Wander Franco was placed on administrative leave.

    Aug 22 · ESPN Rays Wander Franco
  • Wander Franco Placed On Administrative Leave

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    Major League Baseball has placed Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco on administrative leave as the league and authorities in the Dominican Republic investigate Franco's alleged relationships with underaged girls, according to sources. The Rays had previously placed Franco on the restricted list. The 22-year-old isn't expected to return to the team for the rest of this season while the investigation continues, and he could be facing a lengthy suspension in 2024. If he has played his last game in 2023, he'll finish with a .281/.344/.475 slash line, .819 OPS, 17 home runs, 58 RBI, 30 stolen bases and 65 runs scored in 442 at-bats. Rookie Osleivis Basabe figures to continue seeing the majority of the starts for Tampa at shortstop moving forward.

    Aug 22 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Wander Franco Expected To Remain Sidelined

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    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco is expected to remain sidelined through either an extension of his stay on the restricted list or a shift to administrative leave as Major League Baseball continues its investigation into Franco's alleged relationship with a minor. The 22-year-old was placed on the restricted list by the Rays last week, and it appears likely that he won't play again for at least the rest of the 2023 season. MLB is working with the authorities in the Dominican Republic, and there appears no end in sight to the investigation. For now, fantasy managers can only continue to stash Franco in hopes he'll return in September. In the meantime, Osleivis Basabe continues to start at the 6 for the Rays.

    Aug 21 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Wander Franco Unlikely To Return Amid MLB Investigation

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    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco is currently under investigation in the Dominican Republic for an alleged relationship with a minor, and now it seems he's unlikely to return to MLB. "It will be very unlikely that Franco will play in MLB again, judging by the results of the investigations that are currently being carried out, which directly commit him to the accusations against him," a person very close to the investigations said. The 22-year-old switch-hitter is currently on the league's restricted list, and fantasy managers shouldn't expect him back for the rest of this season while the investigation is carried out. For the foreseeable future, Osleivis Basabe is going to serve as Tampa's primary shortstop.

    Aug 17 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Prosecutors In Dominican Republic Evaluating Allegations Against Wander Franco

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    Prosecutors in Peravia, Dominican Republic have opened an investigation into the social media allegations against Wander Franco, a prosecuting attorney told the Associated Press. The country’s National Agency for Boys, Girls, Adolescents and Family and Gender Violence Unit is handling the case. According to the attorney’s office, they’ve yet to have any contact with U.S. officials…

    Aug 17 · MLB Trade Rumors Rays Wander Franco
  • Rays Place Wander Franco On Restricted List

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    The Tampa Bay Rays placed shortstop Wander Franco on the restricted list on Monday, which takes him off the roster, according to an MLB official. While he's off the roster, Franco will most likely be unpaid. The league has launched an investigation into social-media posts about Franco from Sunday that allege that he was with a minor. It's unclear how long Franco will be away from the team, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to play at all on the team's road trip this week. How long the 22-year-old remains sidelined will ultimately come down to MLB's investigation into the matter. Osleivis Basabe got the start at shortstop on Sunday for Tampa with the Rays giving Franco a rest day.

    Aug 14 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Wander Franco Not Traveling With The Team

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    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco did not travel with the team to San Francisco, where the Rays will start a series with the Giants on Monday, according to sources. The Rays earlier said that Major League Baseball is doing "due diligence" concerning social-media posts from Sunday about Franco being involved with a minor. The 22-year-old was also given the day off on Sunday. This is a situation to watch closely for fantasy managers of Franco, as he could be placed on the restricted list with no imminent timetable for a return. Franco made his first All-Star team in 2023 and is currently hitting .281/.344/.475 with an .819 OPS. He has already set career-highs in home runs (17), doubles (23), RBI (58), stolen bases (30) and runs scored (65) in 112 games this year.

    Aug 14 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • MLB Looking Into Wander Franco Allegations

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    The Tampa Bay Rays released a statement on Sunday noting that the MLB is doing their due diligence regarding allegations surrounding shortstop Wander Franco. There were reports on social media that the 22-year-old reportedly had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a minor. The Rays noted in a statement they were made aware of the situation and are taking it seriously. It sounds like the league is looking into the situation, so there should be more information on this soon.

    Aug 13 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Wander Franco Has Big Night In Win

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    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco helped lead the Rays to victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Friday night, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, and three RBI. Franco's homer was of the walk-off variety as the Rays won 9-8. The night led to Franco's 17th home run of the season and upped his on-base percentage to .346. With 30 steals and a .281 average, he'll continue to be a contributor in all categories the rest of the way.

    Aug 11 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Wander Franco Blasts 14th Homer In Loss

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    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees. The 22-year-old caught a Gerrit Cole changeup for a gargantuan two-run shot in the first inning. Franco wouldn't reach base for the rest of the game, but he ultimately contributed all the offense for his club in this one. MLB's former top prospect has exhibited newfound defensive wizardry this year, tying with Dansby Swanson for the most outs above average (13) in baseball. With that, Franco has also flourished offensively as a top-10 fantasy shortstop with a .267 BA, 14 round-trippers, 51 RBI, 29 stolen bases, and 58 runs scored over 409 at-bats this season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Wander Franco Continues To Scuffle At The Plate

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    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in a 3-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. The offense was at a premium in this one as Zach Eflin and Kyle Bradish were locked in a pitcher's duel. Franco, who is in the midst of a 2-for-17 slump, wasn't able to get anything going at the plate for his part. After a hot start in April and May, Franco started to slow down in June and has now gone ice cold in July. The 22-year-old is batting just .190 this month with a .601 OPS to go along with two home runs, four RBI, and a pair of stolen bases. Franco, who's played in 94 games so far this season, only appeared in 83 games last year after being limited by a wrist injury. Perhaps the young player has just hit a wall in what is his first full-length season in MLB. His overall batting line is still healthy, due to his hot start, as he's slashing .270/.333/.443 with 11 home runs, 44 RBI, and 28 stolen bases over 370 at-bats. Fantasy managers and the Rays, who are 4-12 in July, would very much like to see the young shortstop pick it up again soon.

    Jul 22 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
  • Wander Franco, Randy Arozarena Out Against Rangers

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    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco and outfielder Randy Arozarena are both out of the lineup on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers. Taylor Walls will man the 6 and bat eighth, while Luke Raley will start in left field and bat in the two-hole against Rangers right-hander Jon Gray. Franco and Arozarena are both fine and are just getting rest days. Franco has gone hitless in seven at-bats in his last two contests, but the 22-year-old remains an elite shortstop in fantasy. He's hitting just .188 (9-for-48) with two homers and four RBI in 13 games in July. Arozarena, like Franco, has been a must-start for fantasy managers in 2023 when he's on the field. The 28-year-old has been a bit sluggish as well in July, going 11-for-50 (.220) with two homers and four RBI in 13 games played.

    Jul 19 · Source via Rays Randy Arozarena Wander Franco
  • Wander Franco Launches 11th Homer In Loss

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    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The 22-year-old took Charlie Morton deep during the first inning, proving to be the only run the Rays would muster in this one. After something of a second-year slump, Franco has blossomed into a stellar five-category contributor in his third season. The 2023 All-Star is hitting .284 with 11 long balls, 44 RBI, 28 stolen bases, and 48 runs scored over 335 at-bats overall. Franco should be ranked as a premier fantasy shortstop in the strong Tampa Bay lineup for the rest of the season.

    Jul 8 · Source via Rays Wander Franco
    2023 ATC$19142610552831593461371486410.5124.288.346.442.788.154
    2023 Steamer$21144649583871673761574537010.8125.286.348.448.796.162
    2023 THE BAT$1814261055574157344137046609.8133.283.339.429.768.146
    2023 Zeile$17138597543821533461369466611.1124.282.340.438.778.156

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

    Fielding Stats

    Aug 12vs CLEW 6-52550100000360.
    Aug 11vs CLEW 9-8254220013100.010.500.6001.2501.850.750
    Aug 10vs STLL 2-5244120101000.000.500.5001.0001.500.500
    Aug 9vs STLL 4-6243130011100.0001.0001.0002.0003.0001.000
    Aug 8vs STLW 4-2244110000000.
    Aug 6at DETW 10-6255230012000.000.600.6001.2001.800.600
    Aug 5at DETL 2-4254030000100.000.750.800.7501.550.000
    Aug 4at DETW 8-02440000000250.
    Aug 2at NYYL 2-72441100120125.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Aug 1at NYYW 5-22541100001120.000.250.400.250.650.000
    Jul 31at NYYW 5-1244110011000.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Jul 30at HOUW 8-2254210000100.000.250.400.250.650.000
    Jul 29at HOUL 4-17243120011100.010.667.7501.6672.4171.000
    Jul 28at HOUW 4-3254120100100.000.500.6001.0001.600.500
    Jul 26vs MIAL 1-72440000000125.
    Jul 25vs MIAW 4-13440000000125.
    Jul 23vs BALL 3-52540000001240.
    Jul 22vs BALL 5-6244010003000.
    Jul 21vs BALW 3-02440000000250.
    Jul 20vs BALL 3-42550210000120.000.400.400.6001.000.200
    Jul 19at TEXL 1-59a1100000001100.
    Jul 18at TEXL 3-5244000000000.
    Jul 17at TEXL 2-3243000000100.
    Jul 16at KCL 4-82440100000125.
    Jul 15at KCW 4-2253111000200.001.333.600.6671.267.334
    Jul 15at KCW 6-12541100001240.000.250.400.250.650.000
    Jul 9vs ATLW 10-42550000000120.
    Jul 8vs ATLL 1-6252100000100.000.000.600.000.600.000
    Jul 7vs ATLL 1-22441100110125.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Jul 6vs PHIL 1-3255010000000.
    Jul 5vs PHIL 4-82440100000250.
    Jul 4vs PHIL 1-32441200110250.010.500.5001.2501.750.750
    Jul 2at SEAL 6-72330000010133.300.
    Jul 1at SEAL 3-8243010001100.000.333.500.333.833.000
    Jun 30at SEAW 15-42662211020116.710.333.333.8331.166.500
    Jun 29at ARIW 6-1255120102000.001.400.400.8001.200.400
    Jun 28at ARIW 3-2244110000000.
    Jun 27at ARIL 4-8244000000000.
    Jun 25vs KCW 3-1243000000100.
    Jun 24vs KCL 4-9244120012000.000.500.5001.2501.750.750
    Jun 21vs BALW 7-22440000010375.
    Jun 20vs BALL 6-82530100012120.000.333.600.333.933.000
    Jun 18at SDL 4-52540000001240.
    Jun 17at SDL 0-22440000000125.
    Jun 16at SDW 6-22550100000120.
    Jun 15at OAKW 4-3255031000000.001.600.600.8001.400.200
    Jun 14at OAKW 6-3254020000100.001.500.600.5001.100.000
    Jun 13at OAKL 1-22440000000250.
    Jun 12at OAKL 3-44a22000000000.
    Jun 11vs TEXW 7-3244220013000.000.500.5001.2501.750.750
    Jun 10vs TEXL 4-8255010000000.
    Jun 9vs TEXW 8-3244000000000.
    Jun 8vs MINW 4-2244100000000.
    Jun 7vs MINW 2-1244010000000.
    Jun 6vs MINW 7-0243111000100.000.333.500.6671.167.334
    Jun 5at BOSW 4-12540210001120.000.500.600.7501.350.250
    Jun 3at BOSL 5-82552320000120.010.600.6001.0001.600.400
    May 30at CHCL 1-2243010000100.010.333.500.333.833.000
    May 29at CHCL 0-1244010000000.
    May 28vs LADW 11-102552200020240.000.400.400.400.800.000
    May 27vs LADL 5-6254120001100.000.500.600.5001.100.000
    May 26vs LADW 9-3244220001000.010.500.500.5001.000.000
    May 25vs TORW 6-3242210100200.020.500.7501.5002.2501.000
    May 24vs TORW 7-32541300021120.010.750.800.7501.550.000
    May 23vs TORL 1-20244000000000.
    May 22vs TORW 6-4244020100000.001.500.5001.0001.500.500
    May 21vs MILL 4-6254000000100.
    May 20vs MILW 8-4255110000000.
    May 19vs MILW 1-0244000000000.
    May 18at NYML 2-37a11010000000.0001.0001.0001.0002.000.000
    May 17at NYML 7-82530000002120.020.000.400.000.400.000
    May 16at NYMW 8-5254100000100.
    May 14at NYYW 8-7255110000000.
    May 13at NYYL 8-92551110000120.
    May 12at NYYL 5-62550000000240.
    May 11at NYYW 8-2233020000000.010.667.667.6671.334.000
    May 10at BALL 1-2243010001100.020.333.500.333.833.000
    May 9at BALL 2-4255120011000.010.400.4001.0001.400.600
    May 8at BALW 3-0233020001000.000.667.667.6671.334.000
    May 7vs NYYW 8-72550100000240.
    May 6vs NYYL 2-3244110000000.
    May 5vs NYYW 5-42441220000125.000.500.5001.0001.500.500
    May 4vs PITW 3-2243000000100.
    May 3vs PITW 8-12553200120120.000.400.4001.0001.400.600
    May 2vs PITW 4-1243010001100.010.333.500.333.833.000
    Apr 29at CWSW 12-32542200131120.010.500.6001.2501.850.750
    Apr 28at CWSW 3-22440000000250.
    Apr 27at CWSW 14-52662200000116.700.333.333.333.666.000
    Apr 26vs HOUL 0-1244000000000.
    Apr 25vs HOUL 0-52440110000125.
    Apr 24vs HOUW 8-3255242001000.010.800.8001.2002.000.400
    Apr 23vs CWSW 4-1243011000100.010.333.500.6671.167.334
    Apr 22vs CWSW 4-32540100001120.001.250.400.250.650.000
    Apr 21vs CWSW 8-74430000001125.
    Apr 18at CINW 10-02530100001120.001.333.600.333.933.000
    Apr 17at CINL 1-8444000000000.
    Apr 16at TORW 8-14540000011360.
    Apr 15at TORL 2-5255131000000.000.600.600.8001.400.200
    Apr 14at TORL 3-6444010000000.
    Apr 13vs BOSW 9-34431000000250.
    Apr 12vs BOSW 9-7255233002000.010.600.6001.2001.800.600
    Apr 11vs BOSW 7-24440110010125.
    Apr 10vs BOSW 1-04440000000125.
    Apr 9vs OAKW 11-02441100110250.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Apr 8vs OAKW 11-0444110000000.
    Apr 7vs OAKW 9-52551100110120.
    Apr 5at WASW 7-2254120012100.001.500.6001.2501.850.750
    Apr 4at WASW 10-6455000001000.
    Apr 3at WASW 6-22440100000125.
    Apr 2vs DETW 5-1243121000100.010.667.7501.0001.750.333
    Apr 1vs DETW 12-24541320031120.000.750.8001.2502.050.500
    Mar 30vs DETW 4-0244120011000.000.500.5001.2501.750.750


    Oct 4at BOSL 0-62210000001150.000.000.500.000.500.000
    Oct 3at BOSL 3-4344130111000.000.750.7502.0002.7501.250
    Oct 1at HOUL 1-23430000001125.
    Sep 30at HOUW 7-3354010001100.000.250.400.250.650.000
    Sep 29at CLEL 1-2343121000100.020.667.7501.0001.750.333
    Sep 28at CLEL 1-2344000000000.
    Sep 27at CLEW 6-53542110001120.010.250.400.500.900.250
    Sep 25vs TORL 1-7333010000000.000.333.333.333.666.000
    Sep 24vs TORL 1-32440100000125.
    Sep 23vs TORW 10-6354221000100.000.500.600.7501.350.250
    Sep 22vs TORW 10-53551210030120.000.400.400.6001.000.200
    Sep 21vs HOUL 2-5344111000000.
    Sep 20vs HOUL 0-5342021000200.0001.0001.0001.5002.500.500
    Sep 19vs HOUL 0-4344010000000.
    Sep 18vs TEXW 5-38a22010000000.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Sep 17vs TEXW 5-1233010001000.000.333.250.333.583.000
    Sep 16vs TEXL 3-43540100001120.000.250.400.250.650.000
    Sep 15at TORW 11-0355110001000.
    Sep 14at TORL 1-5244010000000.
    Sep 13at TORL 2-744000000000.
    Sep 13at TORW 4-2244120000000.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Sep 12at TORL 2-35a11000000000.
    Sep 11at NYYL 4-10222000000000.
    Sep 10at NYYL 3-102440100010125.
    Sep 9at NYYW 4-2255232002000.000.600.6001.0001.600.400
    Jul 9at CINL 4-521100000001100.
    Jul 8at CINL 1-2254010000100.000.250.400.250.650.000
    Jul 6at BOSW 7-13540100011120.000.250.400.250.650.000
    Jul 5at BOSW 8-43523100003120.010.500.800.5001.300.000
    Jul 4at BOSL 0-4244010000000.
    Jul 3at TORW 7-3244110000000.
    Jul 2at TORW 11-5541100001120.000.250.400.250.650.000
    Jul 2at TORW 6-2254210011100.000.250.4001.0001.400.750
    Jul 1at TORL 2-9355010000000.
    Jun 30at TORL 1-42440100000125.
    Jun 29vs MILL 3-5255011001000.
    Jun 28vs MILL 3-5233000001000.
    Jun 26vs PITW 4-22550100000120.
    May 30at TEXL 5-9254030002100.000.750.800.7501.550.000
    May 29vs NYYW 4-2343100000100.
    May 28vs NYYW 3-13431101001250.000.333.5001.0001.500.667
    May 27vs NYYL 0-2333000000000.
    May 26vs NYYL 2-72441100000125.
    May 25vs MIAW 5-42441220010125.000.500.5001.0001.500.500
    May 24vs MIAW 4-0244000000000.
    May 22at BALL 6-77a1100000001100.
    May 20at BALL 6-8265000000100.
    May 18vs DETW 6-1243110000100.010.333.500.333.833.000
    May 17vs DETW 8-1244100000000.
    May 16vs DETL 2-3233000001000.
    May 15vs TORW 3-02441100000125.
    May 14vs TORL 1-5244000000000.
    May 13vs TORW 5-22440000000125.
    May 11at LAAW 4-22550000000120.
    May 10at LAAL 0-12222000000000.
    May 9at LAAL 3-11255131000000.000.600.600.8001.400.200
    May 8at SEAL 1-2244010000000.
    May 7at SEAW 8-2255130000000.000.600.600.6001.200.000
    May 6at SEAW 8-72541100011120.000.250.400.250.650.000
    May 5at SEAW 4-3244010000000.
    May 4at OAKW 3-02550000000120.
    May 3at OAKW 10-7254210000100.000.250.400.250.650.000
    May 2at OAKW 6-12441300010125.000.750.750.7501.500.000
    Apr 30vs MINL 1-92440100000125.
    Apr 29vs MINW 6-1244121001000.010.500.500.7501.250.250
    Apr 28vs SEAW 2-1243000000100.
    Apr 27vs SEAW 3-22440000000125.
    Apr 26vs SEAL 4-82551100120240.
    Apr 24vs BOSW 5-2243100000100.
    Apr 23vs BOSW 3-22440000000125.
    Apr 22vs BOSL 3-4255220022000.000.400.4001.6002.0001.200
    Apr 20at CHCW 8-2244011001000.
    Apr 19at CHCW 6-5255131012000.000.600.6001.4002.000.800
    Apr 17at CWSW 9-3255221001000.000.400.400.6001.000.200
    Apr 16at CWSL 2-3244111000000.
    Apr 15at CWSL 2-3244020000000.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Apr 14vs OAKL 3-62440000000125.
    Apr 13vs OAKL 2-4255000000000.
    Apr 12vs OAKW 9-82652211011116.700.400.5001.0001.500.600
    Apr 11vs OAKL 2-13244231000000.000.750.7501.0001.750.250
    Apr 10vs BALW 8-02441310020125.010.750.7501.0001.750.250
    Apr 9vs BALW 5-32330000010133.300.
    Apr 8vs BALW 2-1244030000000.000.750.750.7501.500.000
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