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Rays call up top prospect Wander Franco

June 21, 2021 - The Wander Franco era began on Monday when the Tampa Bay Rays called up the 20-year-old shortstop from Triple-A Durham. Franco signed with the Rays in July 2017 and entered the 2021 season ranked by Baseball America and as Major League Baseball’s No. 1 overall prospect for a second straight year. At Durham this season, Franco slugged seven home runs, six triples and 11 doubles with a batting average of .315, 35 RBI and five stolen bases. He will wear No. 5 for the Rays.

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