Wander stays hot with three hits

Keeping tabs on the No. 1 prospect in the game

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June 15: Homer shy of cycle in three-hit game
Wander Franco extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his fifth game of three or more hits this season. The 20-year-old fell a homer short of the cycle, smacking his 11th double of the season in the first inning, singling in the third and legging out his third triple in the sixth. He scored the only run in Triple-A Durham's 4-1 loss to Norfolk. The two extra-base hits increased his total to 21 in 34 games, tied for fourth most in the Minors. Franco ended May hitting .272 with an .851 OPS, but he's taken his game to another level in June. The Dominican Republic native is batting .417/.451/.750 with nine extra-base hits and 13 RBIs while hitting safely in all 12 games this month. Overall, Franco has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games to bring his slash line up to .321/.377/.593. The switch-hitter has scored 34 runs and totaled 34 RBIs, 21 coming since May 23. Gameday »

June 13: Singles in quiet game
Wander Franco could only muster one hit Sunday, but it was good enough to extend his hit streak to 11 games. Franco went 1-for-4 for Triple-A Durham as the Bulls lost, 1-0, to Charlotte. To be fair to Wander, he was one of two Bulls hitters to record a hit on the day, as the Knights' pitching staff combined for a two-hit shutout. Gameday »

June 12: Singles to extend hit streak
Despite an offensive barrage from Triple-A Durham, Wander Franco didn't make too much noise, going 1-for-5 on the night with a single and a strikeout. Wander extended his hitting streak to double digits and has recorded a hit in every game in the month of June. The Bulls beat Charlotte 11-0 as Nathan Lukes hit two homers. Gameday »

June 11: Hits pinch-hit RBI double in loss
There is no such thing as a day off for Wander Franco. The No. 1 overall prospect entered the game in the seventh inning and promptly sent an RBI double down the third-base line. Franco now has a nine-game hitting streak and is hitting .312 on the year. His OPS sits at .966 on the year. Triple-A Durham could not overcome a one-run deficit in the ninth, though, as the Bulls lost, 5-4, to Charlotte. Gameday »

June 10: Hits seventh homer of the year
Another day, another homer for Wander Franco. The No. 1 overall prospect went yard for the second time in as many days, slapping a game-tying solo shot for Triple-A Durham in the sixth inning. Not only has Franco homered in back-to-back games, but he's done it from each side of the plate, going yard from the left side on Wednesday and from the right side Thursday. Franco went 1-for-3 with a walk on the night as Durham downed Charlotte in comeback fashion on a walk-off pinch-hit home run by Rays' No. 11 prospect Josh Lowe. The homer and walk lifted his OPS to .958 and also marked his 30th RBI in 30 games this season. Gameday »

June 9: Sends one out to center field
Wander Franco recorded only one hit on Wednesday, but it was a loud one. The 20-year-old took an offspeed pitch out to center field for a two-run shot in a 10-5 victory for Triple-A Durham. It was the sixth homer of the year for the No. 1 prospect in baseball. Franco has recorded a hit in 12 of his past 13 games, raising his average from .269 to .311 during that span. Gameday »

June 8: Showcases speed on RBI single
On Tuesday, Wander Franco picked up another hit -- his 12th in six games this month -- and he showed why he's considered an above-average runner to go along with his special skills as a hitter. With a man on third and no outs, Franco chopped a ball to third base. The throw was much too high, but Franco, speeding down the first-base line, might have beaten it out even if it was on target. As the throw sailed to the fence along the right-field line, Franco raced to second. He would score later in the inning, part of a seven-run fourth for Triple-A Durham. The top prospect in baseball is 12-for-26 with nine RBIs in June and has a six-game hitting streak. Gameday »

June 6: Two more hits in victory
Wander Franco is hitting .383 over his past 12 games after collecting two more hits Sunday in a 4-3 win for Triple-A Durham. Both hits were singles, which marks the first time in five games that Franco didn't record an extra-base hit. Overall, the 20-year-old owns a .313/.365/.557 slash line for the Bulls. Gameday »

June 5: Stand-up RBI double highlights night
After a postponement Friday night, Wander Franco came out swinging for Triple-A Durham, smacking an RBI double in the Bulls' 4-0 win. All in all though, it was a fairly quiet game for Wander, as baseball's No. 1 overall prospect went 1-for-5 at the plate with a strikeout. Durham's pitching made sure Wander's first-inning RBI was the winning one though, as they combined to allow just one hit against Norfolk. Gameday »

June 3: Records RBI double
Franco scorched an RBI double down the first base line for his lone hit of the night. Franco has now driven in a run in three straight games and has 25 RBIs in 25 Triple-A games this season. He is hitting .571 (8-for-14) with three extra-base hits and seven RBIs through three games this month. Gameday »

June 2: Slaps three-run homer in three-hit game
Another day, another multihit game for Wander Franco, this time a three-hit performance for baseball's No. 1 overall prospect in Triple-A Durham's 11-2 romp of Norfolk. The highlight of Franco's day came in the form of a three-run homer in the fourth, which made it a 8-2 ballgame. He knew he got all of it and gave his fifth long ball of the year a good stare prior to rounding the bases.

The Rays prospect went 3-for-5 on the night with two singles and two runs scored to go along with his homer. Franco is now 7-for-10 over his past two games and brought his batting average back over .300 to .314. Gameday »

June 1: Drives in three in four-hit game
While his hitting streak might have been snapped in his last game, Wander Franco bounced back nicely with three RBIs in a multihit game. He went 4-for-5 with a double, two singles and a run scored for Triple-A Durham in their 6-5 loss to Norfolk. Franco kept the Bulls in the game, as his ninth-inning two-RBI single brought them to within one before Josh Lowe struck out to end the game. Franco's batting average rose to .299 with the performance. More »