Watch Wander's mesmerizing HR swing

May 29th, 2021

There's that phrase, "easy power." And then there's what Wander Franco, the No. 1 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, did on Friday night at 121 Financial Ballpark.

The Rays will be looking forward to much more of the swing Franco put on a baseball in the third inning of Triple-A Durham's game against Jacksonville, when he smashed a two-run homer as part of a seven-run frame for the Bulls. The swing was pure poetry -- it almost looked like it was being replayed in slow motion -- so beautifully effortless it's hard to believe the ball went over the fence as a result.

It was Franco's fourth homer on the young season, and he added a ground-rule double in the seventh inning. He's knocking on the door to the Majors, and it's only a matter of time before we see him in the big leagues this season. If the ease with which he launched his two-run shot Friday is any indication -- and there have already been plenty of indicators flashing -- Franco's MLB debut will be appointment viewing.