Dominican Republic’s Top 2017 Prospect: Wander Franco

SEE ALSO: Venezuela’s Top Prospect

Kevin Maitan was the easy pick as the top 16-year-old player in the 2016 international signing class.

This year, for many scouts, that debate comes down to either Dominican shortstop Wander Franco or Venezuelan catcher Daniel Flores.

"I thought Flores and Franco were above the rest," said one international director. "The stuff they were doing was ridiculous."

Franco, a 16-year-old who trains with Rudy Santin, is the top prospect in the Dominican Republic. He's linked to the Rays and is expected to be the highest paid player in the 2017 class with a bonus that should check in just south of $4 million. Here's Franco’s case as the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2017 class.

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