Red Sox will be first team to see MLB's No. 1 prospect


As if this week's series between the Boston Red Sox and Rays needed any more juice, Tampa Bay is adding the No. 1 prospect in Major League Baseball to the mix.

The Rays revealed Sunday they're calling up shortstop Wander Franco, who is set to make his MLB debut Tuesday against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field.

At just 20 years old, the switch-hitting Dominican Republic native is batting .315 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs in 39 games for the Triple-A Durham Bulls.

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He's been the consensus top prospect in baseball for quite some time, and Tampa Bay paved the way for his promotion last month by trading starting shortstop Willy Adames to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Assuming he plays Tuesday, Franco will make his debut against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who has allowed four or more runs in six of his last seven starts and hasn't won a decision since May 7.

This is a huge series for both teams, as Boston is a half game up on Tampa Bay for the American League East lead after the Rays lost six straight. The Red Sox likely will be seeing plenty of Franco over the next few years, so it's fitting they'll be the first MLB team to see what the hype is all about.

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