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Austin Franklin

Born: 10/02/1997 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 3″ Weight: 215
Mechanics
Tall with a thick lower half, little projection left; semi windup, above-average arm speed, three-quarters arm slot, some head whack on foot strike, will get offline, falls off to 1B side, mild effort in delivery.
Evaluator Nathan Graham
Report Date 08/15/2018
Affiliate Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low A, Rays)
Dates Seen 7/9/18
OFP/Risk 45/High
Realistic 40; Middle Reliever
MLB ETA 2021
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 55 92-94 94 Heavy with some late life, works low in the zone but can miss bats when elevated; Will play above-average with improved command.
CB 50 60 78-80 80 Current average offering but has potential to be a true out-pitch. 12-6 movement, has depth, will bury down and away to right handed hitters; Struggles at times with consistency of release point, will hang a few when not right.
CH 30 40 85-86 86 Currently below-average, lacked feel, only a handful shown in my look.
Overall
Rays’ third-round pick from 2016, Franklin is tall with classic build of a starter. However, with his current limited arsenal a future move out of a starting role is likely. The delivery features good downward plane giving the fastball some late life. Short relief stints should also make the velo tick up a notch making the pitch above average. Pairing that with a curve that has a potential of missing bats give Franklin a profile of later inning bullpen arm.

Wander Franco

Born: 03/01/2001 (Age: 17)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Height: 5′ 10″ Weight: 189
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Athletic frame, broad shoulders, squarish body. More mature frame than you’d expect at 17.
Evaluator <!– –>
Jeffrey Paternostro
Report Date 08/15/2018
Dates Seen 8/9, 8/12 (DH)
Affiliate Princeton Rays (Rookie, Rays)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2021 High 70 60: First-division SS, occasional all-star No
Makeup
Good and he knows it, even keel.
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Slightly open stance, leg lift with a bit of a dip/hitch with the hands, premium bat speed, can let it eat. Stays back well on off speed, good knowledge of the strike zone, doesn’t sell out for power, confident working back up the middle or opposite field. Barrels everything from the left side and bat stays in the zone a long time. Right side is a little rawer. Similar mechanics, but less barrel control, beats balls into the ground. Not uncommon for a young switch hitter, and I’d expect that to improve with more exposure to lefties. 6 might look conservative in 12 months.
Power 60 Plus raw. Ball explodes off the bat, enough loft to get to all of it. Won’t be a huge power guy, but 20+ homers at maturity is very possible.
Baserunning/Speed 50 Digs from 4.1-4.3, good second gear, expect him to be an average runner at maturity. Speed plays up in the field.
Glove 50 Not a dynamic shortstop, but gets it done. Smooth around the bag, ranges well into the 5.5 hole.
Arm 55 Above-average arm strength, but accuracy can be scattershot on the move. May get to more balls than the arm can make plays on, but enough arm to stick on the left side of the infield.
Overall
Despite not being able to legally buy cigarettes yet, Franco has already established himself as one of the elite prospects in the game. Should probably already be in full-season ball and is less risky than you’d think due to the advanced bat and ability to stick at the 6. Conservatively he’s one of the top 25 prospects in the game, and these grades may look low this time next year. Stuff him to all your friends.

Jarred Kelenic

Born: 07/16/1999 (Age: 19)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 196
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position:
Physical/Health
Average build, good frame, could probably add 10-15 more pounds of good weight, but not a ton of physical projection left.
Evaluator <!– –>
Jeffrey Paternostro
Report Date 08/15/2018
Dates Seen 8/7-8/8
Affiliate Kingsport Mets (Rookie, Mets)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role Video
2021 High 60 50; Everyday center fielder No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 50 Can get a little handsy during his load and lose bat control, popped up some easy cheez. Tough to ding him too much at the end of a long amateur/pro season. Swing can get long and leveraged. Enough bat speed to cover above-average velocity, can exploit aggression early in counts. May end up pop over hit.
Power 55 Ball jumps, backspin and loft, plus raw, should get to most of it.
Baserunning/Speed 55 11.4 on a triple, good second gear, looks like a present plus runner, would expect him to give some of that back in his 20s, but the frame looks close to a finished product.
Glove 55 Can really go get it, strong instincts, runs to the spot, will adjust routes on the fly, reads ball well, goes gap-to-gap with ease, got a 25% bucket play in RCF on a glide. Doesn’t have that explosive closing kick, but everything else looks like a sure shot CF.
Arm 60 Plus arm strength, good carry, accurate. Didn’t get to see him really air it out, and have heard plus-plus thrown on him here.
Overall
Broad base of skills, five-tool center field projection, may lack a carrying tool for stardom, but the makings of an above-average regular here. Would like to see how he adjusts to full-season ball, might answer some lingering questions about the ultimate hit tool. Going to get Brandon Nimmo comps because of the background, organization, and draft position, but better center field tools than Nimmo at the same age. Less raw than you’d think given the background, .260, 20 home run type that can play CF everyday.

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