Wander Franco pursues a record set 65 years ago


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Wander Franco pursues a record set 65 years ago

Baseball’s number one prospect and strong contender for the AL Rookie of the Year award ranks third in the most consecutive games hitting the bases for a player age 20 or younger.

Wander franco has played exceptional baseball during his debut year in the Big leagues. Despite a slow start in which many questioned his ability to play in the “Big tent”, The Dominican shortstop from Tampa Bay Rays He has shown with his baseball that he deserves to be with the great team and in the process he is making history, game by game.

During Thursday’s session, “The boss“Tied for third place in the history of more consecutive games arriving”safe“To the pads with thirty-three encounters for a player aged 20 or under. In the process, he tied with members of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame Mel ott and Arky vaughan, who in 1929 and 1932, respectively, reached the aforementioned mark.

Right now, Wander franco he only has two players ahead with the most consecutive games reaching the bases at that age and both are also members of the Hall of Fame. The first is Mickey Mantle who in 1951 managed to impose what would then be the record with 36 meetings as a member of New York Yankees. The other is the current record holder, one of the most successful players in history, Frank Robinson, who 65 years ago (1956) established the current brand that pursues Frank with 43 games.

Something important to note is that it is not only about reaching the bases during his 33-game streak, but how productive the Dominican shortstop has been during that period and what this has meant for the players. Rays. Frank He boasts a .315 batting average with a .387 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .528 slugging percentage (SLG), good for a .915 OPS in this span. He has driven in 25 runs and scored 31 and the most relevant thing is that during his streak he has driven to 23 wins with only 10 losses to Tampa bay.

In addition to the performance shown in recent games, it is worth noting what in general he has done since his arrival at MLB. He takes a few swings out of the strike zone (31.8 percent of the pitches he sees in that area) and when he attacks them, in 73.8 percent of them, he makes some kind of contact. 8.2 percent of his at-bats end with a walk and just 13.9% with a strikeout, which speaks highly of the way he performs in the batter’s box.

Frank is chasing a 65-year record of one of the greatest hitters in the history of MLB and he has a good chance of reaching it because of his characteristics as a hitter. The last time Wander franco could not reach the bases was on July 24, more than a month ago.


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