Making his MLB debut for the Tampa Bay Rays tonight, today was already a huge day for Wander Franco. But, the magnitude of his first big-league game multiplied tenfold when he knocked out a homer on his third career at bat.
Rays fans erupted with excitement as the MLB rookie launched a three-run home run out to left field, but no one at Tropicana Field was more excited than his father, also named Wander.
Tampa Bay posted a video of the elder Wander’s reaction on Twitter.
Wander's dad is everything 🥺 pic.twitter.com/HWJ97uQ3IN
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 23, 2021
After signing with the Tampa Bay organization on a massive $3,825,000 signing bonus in 2017-18, Franco has spent the past three seasons in the minor leagues. The Dominican shortstop has improved every year so far, logging 51 hits, 35 RBIs and seven home runs through 39 games with the Triple A Durham Bulls earlier this year.
At just 20 years old, the rising superstar has been overwhelmingly considered the MLB’s top prospect since 2018.
Franco was finally called up on Sunday and set to join the roster as a third baseman for tonight first series matchup with the Boston Red Sox. The talented young switch-hitter is the second youngest Ray in franchise history to make his league debut, behind only B.J. Upton (19 years, 11 months and 10 days old).
If tonight is any indication of Franco’s MLB future, we’ll be seeing a lot more excitement from this guy for years to come.
After Franco’s three-run homer in the fifth, the Rays and the Red Sox are still locked up at five runs apiece heading into the top of the ninth.