Making your MLB debut at 20 or younger is a feat often achieved, and usually produces some of the game's best players. Over the past 15 years players such as Juan Soto, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Rafael Devers, Madison Bumgarner, and Clayton Kershaw have all started at age 20 and haven't looked back since. After last night I believe it is safe to say we will be adding a name to this list in the upcoming years.
Wander Franco, the #1 Prospect in the league made his MLB Debut last night at age 20 for the Tampa Bay Rays going 2-4 with one Walk, a 3 Run Home Run, and an incredible tag and throw for a double play. This kid means business. He is the first player born in 2001 to start a big league game, and I am extremely excited for this young man's future. He batted .315/.367/.586 with 7 HR, 35 RBI, and 5 SB in 39 games this year with the Durham Bulls in AAA. Another All-Star in the making that the Dominican Republic has to be proud of, at the age of 20 Wander Franco is already making his name known.