Grapefruit League Preview (GM #3): Rays @ Orioles

Franco will make his Spring debut this afternoon.
Franco will make his Spring debut this afternoon. / Winslow Townson/GettyImages
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Wander's back!

For the first time this spring, fans will get a glimpse of the Rays' phenom Wander Franco, and for Rays fans, it's more about seeing him get back to business than anything else.

Last season, the Rays dealt with a lot of injuries in their quest for the playoffs, and Wander was on that list, resulting in a bit of a down season for the star shortstop.

For Rays fans, we want to see Wander get back to what he does best, which is his hitting, and I expect Wander to at least grab a base hit this afternoon.

Also, with a background in using the pitch clock in the Minors, Wander should be able to have a better understanding of the timing during at-bats, something that a majority of the Rays roster should succeed at.