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Christopher Crawford explains why it is important to stay patient with Tampa Bay Rays SS Wander Franco, but it's beyond encouraging that he's figuring out MLB pitching.
CHRISTOPHER CRAWFORD: Wander Franco came up with as much, if not more, hype than any prospect to do so over the last couple of years. The shortstop, like many other young players this year, struggled upon his call-up, and there was reason to believe that in the short term anyway, that Franco may not be a reliable option for 2021. Those who were patient with the best prospect in baseball however, have been rewarded.
Since August 6, Frank is slashing 311, 382, 557 with three homers and six doubles. And in the last week, those numbers improved to 429, 484, 714 with three multi-hit games over that time frame. Let's keep in mind that Franco is still just 20-years-old until March, and the switch hitter was coming into the 2021 season without playing above the high A level.
Baseball is a tremendously difficult game and you cannot simulate MLB pitching. It is beyond encouraging to see that he's made the adjustment. The only complaint here is that a player with his speed has only stolen two bases over his first 47 games. Still, Franco is contributing everywhere else, and if someone was impatient with him, it would be very wise to take advantage of it.