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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Wander Franco given 80-grade hit tool

Tampa Bay Rays prospect Wander Franco was crowned — yet again — the top prospect in baseball by Baseball America yesterday, and the honor coincided with two separate reports on the short stop’s tools — one from BA, and another from MLB Pipeline.

Both websites gave Franco a grade of 80 for his hit tool.

Tools: Hit: 80 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50

2019 Average Exit Velo: 90

Skinny: Franco drew more walks (56) than strikeouts (35) in 114 games, proving once again that the 18-year old’s advanced approach to hitting is well beyond his years.