Fantasy Baseball Takeaways: Happy Wander Franco Day

PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - MARCH 21: Wander Franco #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays in action against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning during a Grapefruit League spring training game at Charlotte Sports Park on March 21, 2021 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Ballyhooed possibility Wander Franco is all set for his MLB close-up. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Buzzy potential customers show up in the majors all the time, however Tuesday is a wedding. Roam Franco isn’t simply thought about a leading possibility, he’s considered as *the* possibility in baseball. The leading 3 searching clipboards ranked Franco at No. 1 in each of the last 2 years.

And Tampa Bay appears all set to call its reward shortstop possibility.

Franco, who turned 20 in March, has actually been travelling at Triple-A Durham (.315/.367/.586, 7 homers). He’s revealed a desire to run, though he’s still dealing with performance — he’s snagged 27 bags in 48 effort through 3 seasons. His expert slash line is a robust .332/.398/.536. He’s strolled more than he’s started out given that turning professional, and anytime that ratio appears, you get weak in the knees.

This is the area where we toss out the apparent disclaimers; baseball is hard, Franco is simply 20, the advancement curve is various for everybody. However possible advantage is unquestionably present, which is why Franco must be rostered in any seasonal dream league (certainly he’s long entered the keeper formats). Jarred Kelenic and Mike Trout didn’t smash things in their very first lap around the majors, however Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto did. Let’s be open minded to what’s possible.

Franco has actually been strongly included Yahoo formats over the last 24 hr, however he’s still totally free in abut a quarter of leagues. Do what you require to do.

I’m attempting to find out why James Kaprielian is bring a lineup tag under half. He beat the Yankees over the weekend, his 4th triumph in 7 starts. He’s setting out much better than a batter per inning, and a 2.84 PERIOD and 1.105 WHIP will play in any format. And when you link with an Oakland pitcher, you’re likewise connecting with a huge park and a plus defense. Oakland pitchers are constantly welcome on my lineups.

It’s not all sunlight and rainbows for Kaprielian, to be reasonable. His walk rate is still a little expensive, and the PERIOD estimators don’t totally trust his front-door number; Statcast information spits out a 3.67 number, while FIP presses it over 4. A reasonable quantity of his Statcast measurements are on the left side of the meter, the lower side.

Nevertheless, I’ll ride with Kaprielian where I can. He was a first-round choice in 2015, and he’s currently been through the Tommy John cycle. This is what a post-hype sleeper typically appears like. He’s in an age-27 season, a best time for a breakout. His next 2 starts come versus Texas, a beneficial target. There’s still time to get on board.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.