Wander Franco Biography

Wander Franco

Quick Facts About Wander Franco

Celebrated Name Wander Franco
Age 20 Years
Nick Name Wander
Birth Name Wander Samuel Franco Sr.
Birth Date 2001-03-01
Gender Male
Profession Baseball Player
Place Of Birth Bani
Birth Nation Dominican Republic
Nationality Dominican
Famous For Shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays
Position Shortstop
Jersey Number 5
Current Club Tampa Bay Rays
First Club Tampa Bay Rays
Career Start Made his professional debut with Princeton Rays in 2018
Awards 2018 Appalachian League Player of the Year
Father Wander Franco
Mother Nancy Aybar
Siblings 2
Brothers Wander Alexander and Wander Javier
Ethnicity Dominican
Religion Christianity
Horoscope Pisces
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight Around 86 kg
Body Type Average
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend Not Revealed
Children 1
Son Wander Samuel Franco Jr.
Source of Wealth Baseball (contracts, salaries, bonus, endorsements)
Salary Around $16.5 million
Net Worth Around $1 million
Links Instagram

Wander Samuel Franco Sr., popularly known as Wander Franco is a Dominican professional baseball player. Franco plays as a shortstop for the MLB team, Tampa Bay Rays. Franco made his MLB debut in June 2021. He was signed by the Rays in July 2017. He played for the minor league teams, Princeton Rays, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Charlotte Stone Crabs, and Durham Bulls before making his MLB debut. 

What is Wander Franco Famous For?

  • Shortstop for Tampa Bay Rays.
  • 2018 Appalachian League Player of the Year.

Wander Franco family

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Where is Wander Franco From?

Wander Franco was born on 1 March 2001. His birth place is in Bani in the Dominican Republic. He holds Dominican nationality. He was born to his father, Wander Franco, and his mother, Nancy Aybar. He has two siblings, brothers, Wander Alexander, and Wander Javier. He belongs to the Dominican ethnicity and his religion is Christianity. His zodiac sign is Pisces. 

Wander Franco MLB

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Wander Franco Career

  • Wander Franco was ranked as one of the top international prospects in the 2017 international class. 
  • The Tampa Bay Rays signed him on 2 July 2017. 
  • He was assigned to Princeton Rays, where he made his professional debut in 2018. 
  • He hit for the cycle while playing for Princeton on 14 July 2018. 
  • He hit .374/.445/.636 with 11 home runs and 57 runs batted in (RBIs) over 245 plate appearances for the Princeton Rays. 
  • He was named the 2018 Appalachian League Player of the Year. 
  • He was assigned to the Bowling Green Hot Rods for the 2019 season. 
  • He was promoted to the Charlotte Stone Crabs in June 2019. 
  • He was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game. 

Wander Franco Rays

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  • He finished the 2019 season with a .327/.398/.487 slash line with 9 home runs and 53 RBIs.
  • He was ranked No. 1 prospect in all of the baseballs ahead of the 2020 season. 
  • He was added to the Rays' Player pool of players eligible to play in the MLB postseason. 
  • The Rays invited him to major league spring training in 2021. 
  • He did not make the team and was assigned to the Triple-A team, Durham Bulls. 
  • He logged a .315/.367/.586 slash line with 7 home runs and 35 RBIs with Durham Bulls.
  • He was promoted to the major leagues on 20 June 2021 and he made his MLB debut on 22 June against the Boston Red Sox.
  • He recorded his first career hit, home run, and RBI on a three-run shot off Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez in the fifth inning. 
  • He set the record for the longest run by a player under 21 years old since 1961 after he reached base safely for the 26th consecutive game in August 2021. 
  • He broke Mickey Mantle's 36 game record on a base streak for the longest run by a player under 20 years old after he reached base safely for the 37th consecutive time.
  • He signed a long-term 11-year contract extension with the Rays on 23 November 2021. 
  • He signed a $182 million contract with a club option of $25 million for a twelfth year. 

Who is Wander Franco Girlfriend?

Wander Franco has a son named Wander Samuel Franco Jr. His son was born in 2018. However, information about his partner is not available. More details about his personal life will be updated soon. 

How Tall is Wander Franco?

Wander Franco stands at the height of 1.78 m tall. The Tampa Bay Rays shortstop has a body weight of around 86 kg. He has an average body build. His eye color is dark brown and his hair color is black. His sexual orientation is straight. 

What is Wander Franco Salary and Net Worth?

Wander Franco is one of the rising baseball players in MLB. Being signed by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017, he made his MLB debut in June 2021. He signed an 11-year contract extension with the Rays in November 2021. He signed a $182 million contract with the Rays with a club option of $25 million for a twelfth year. He has an annual salary of around $16.5 million. He has a long MLB career ahead of him. His net worth is estimated at around $1 million at present but he will soon be making a large fortune out of his professional baseball career in the near future.

Did You Know?

  • His father also played minor league baseball in the 1990s.
  • His mother is the sister of MLB players, Erick Aybar and Willy Aybar.
  • His brothers also played baseball in the Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants organizations.
  • Baseball America ranked him the fourth-best prospect in baseball ahead of the 2019 season.
  • He is the youngest player in baseball history at age 20 to sign a contract worth at least $100 million.
  • His $182 million contract was the largest deal for any player with less than one year of major league service.
  • He wears jersey number 5.