BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) --- The Bowling Green Hot Rods, Class-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and in conjunction with the Midwest League, announced on Monday that shortstop Wander Franco was named the Midwest League Player of the week for his performance during the week of April 22-28.
Franco (the youngest player in the league) was terrific at the plate over that span, slashing .429/.500/1.000 in six games. The shortstop slugged three homers, collected five RBI and scored seven runs, while striking out just twice and hitting safely in all but one game.
The Dominican native’s signature game came on April 25 in the series opener against the Lansing Lugnuts. Franco went 3-for-4 with three runs, three RBI, while homering twice in a 6-5 victory. The two-homer effort was the prospect's second of his career and came one day after he had hit his first long-ball of the season in the series finale against the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Franco becomes the eighth Hot Rods’ player to earn the Player of the Week honor in the Midwest League, joining Trey Hair (2018), Jesus Sanchez (2017, Brett Sullivan (2016), Manny Sanchez (2016), Hunter Lockwood (2015), Derek Dietrich (2011, twice), and Tyler Bortnick, who was the first player to earn the honor for the club in 2010. John Mollicone won the South Atlantic League Player of the Week Award during the Hot Rods’ inaugural and only season in the SAL.
The Hot Rods and Franco are back in action on Tuesday when the team begins a six-game road trip, starting with a three-game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.