Ranked as the top international prospect eligible to sign in 2017 by Baseball America and MLB.com…is the nephew of former major league infielders Willy Aybar and Erick Aybar…has two older brothers, both also named Wander…his father, also named Wander, was a professional player in the White Sox system.
Was part of the Rays 60-man player pool and spent the summer at the alternate training site in Port Charlotte…was also part of the Rays 40-man player pool for the postseason…shut down after five games for the Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League with shoulder soreness and biceps inflammation…for a second straight year, ranked by Baseball America and MLB. com as the No. 1 overall prospect in the minors following the season…became the fourth player to rank as Baseball America’s top prospect in consecutive years, joining Bryce Harper (2011-12), Joe Mauer (2004-05) and Andruw Jones (1996-97)… the publication also tabbed him as the Best Hitter for Average and Best Strike-Zone Judgment in the organization for a third consecutive year.
Named Minor League Player of the Year by the Rays Baseball Operations department, batting .327/.398/.487 (139-for-425) with 27 2B, 7 3B, 9 HR and 53 RBI in 114 games between Class-A Bowling Green and Class-A Charlotte…led Rays minor leaguers with 82 runs and tied for 1st in hits…named to the Midwest League midseason All-Star Team and earned postseason honors in both the MWL and Florida State League…played in the Futures Game in July at Progressive Field, batting leadoff for the AL team…at the time of his June 25 promotion to Charlotte, ranked among MWL leaders in avg. (.318, 2nd), on-base pct. (.390, 4th), extra-base hits (27, tied for 4th) and slugging pct. (.506, 6th)…from his Stone Crabs debut through season’s end, led the FSL with a .339 avg. and .408 OBP, ranked 2nd with 40 runs and 3rd with a .464 SLG…became the fifth shortstop to earn the No. 1 overall prospect ranking from Baseball America, joining Corey Seager (2016), Jurickson Profar (2013), Alex Rodriguez (1995) and Chipper Jones (1993)…the publication also tabbed him as the Best Batting Prospect, Best Strike-Zone Judgment and Most Exciting Player in the MWL in its Best Tools survey…was the youngest player to land atop MLB. com’s rankings since they began in 2004.
Named the Appalachian League Player of the Year…named Most Valuable Player for Rookie-level Princeton by the Rays Baseball Operations department…named to the Appalachian League postseason All-Star Team after leading the league with 85 hits, 57 RBI (tied) and 142 total bases…tied for 2nd with 28 XBH, ranked 3rd with a .587 SLG and 4th with a .351 avg., which was 2nd among Rays minor leaguers…hit for the cycle on July 14, recorded a 25-game hitting streak from June 23–July 25 and a 53-game on-base streak from June 23–Aug 24…named the Rays Minor League Hitter of the Month for both July and August…named Baseball America’s Breakout Prospect of the Year and to its Minor League All-Star Team…ranked by Baseball America as the No. 4 overall prospect in the minors following the season.