Wander Franco: he can't miss, will be MVP by 2025 easy

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carlos correa has actually been pretty good, despite the whole cheating thing! his biggest problem has been staying on the field. barring a few times that already have superstars, i think pretty much every team would love to have correa as their starting SS

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Thursday, 9 September 2021 22:03 (one month ago) link

and he's supposed to be way better than correa, i think? maybe i only caught onto the franco hype but wasn't really following prospects too much in the early 2010s, so maybe correa was just as hyped. franco hit tools are graded as someone who is already at an all-star level, and someone who is projected to reach superstar status. not as a possibility, like a 90th percentile or something, but superstar as the most likely outcome. i'm not sure what other player has ever reached that level of prospect "no doubter" - harper?

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Thursday, 9 September 2021 22:06 (one month ago) link

vlad and soto's hitting skills, right up there, prospect, tools, scouts, all that. but neither one of them are playing SS

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Thursday, 9 September 2021 22:06 (one month ago) link

my final, most powerful defense. officer of the court, judge, and AV technician: if you don't mind lowering the blinds?

*turns on slide projector with only 3 numbers and 3 little slashly lines above*

5'10"

he's 5'10"! come on, that's awesome!

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Thursday, 9 September 2021 22:10 (one month ago) link

Franco's prospect rankings are more impressive (Correa's were very good, though):

https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=franco002wan
https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=correa000car

Their final minor league seasons were, again, pretty comparable:

Franco (AAA): .315/.367/.586
Corea (AA/AAA): .335/.407/.600

To me, they basically seem like the same player coming into the league. Correa appears to have overcome my jinx and be back on a HOF track...depending upon how the scandal is viewed down the road.

clemenza, Thursday, 9 September 2021 22:24 (one month ago) link

This is pretty entertaining, posted a day or two after Franco was brought up:

https://www.mlb.com/news/wander-franco-projections-10-years

Correa's 2015 season was, indeed, the "standard projection" for Franco's 2021.

clemenza, Thursday, 9 September 2021 22:34 (one month ago) link

But what was correa’s projection for that season? That’s what I mean. It’s very rare to be expected to have this kind of season as a 20 year old. For a 20 year old to do that, sure, surprises happen all the time.

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 September 2021 02:14 (one month ago) link

tbh i'd kind of considered correa a letdown -- i was not at all expecting lindor to out-slug him (prior to this year) -- but he's at 33 bWAR through age 26 and that is kickass

mookieproof, Friday, 10 September 2021 02:43 (one month ago) link

also he's totally gonna be a yankee in six months (unless all baseball blows up in the meantime)

mookieproof, Friday, 10 September 2021 02:45 (one month ago) link

xps oh sorry clemenza, re-read your post when i got home and i think i misunderstood you

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 September 2021 05:05 (one month ago) link

Franco’s knock off Detroit starter Tyler Alexander rocketed up the middle at 107.5 mph and extended the 20-year-old’s on-base streak to 39 games. He’s just four games shy of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson -- who holds the record for the longest streak by a player age 20 or younger in American League or National League history -- and ranks third on the franchise list overall.

then he came out of the game with a leg injury :(

rip wander franco. your career is over and now you're brien taylor

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 September 2021 23:59 (one month ago) link

*puts the dog in the mailbag and walks off toward Boston*

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Saturday, 11 September 2021 00:22 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

I think this is it for the streak, unless it goes to extras and the Rays get like 7 more ABs

, Friday, 1 October 2021 02:10 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.mlb.com/news/wander-franco-first-mlb-season-recap

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 19:51 (four days ago) link

everything people say about him is true. he comes to the plate and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. just total fight or flight response. him and arozarena are such an incredible 1-2 punch.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:01 (four days ago) link


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