- Full name Noah Franco
- Born 05/13/2006 in
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: L / Throws: L
Top 100 Rankings
School: IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.. Commit/Drafted: Uncommitted
Age At Draft: 18.2
Franco was one of the premium players in the 2025 class before he announced his decision to reclassify as a 2024 on Jan. 1, 2023. He’s a Downey, Calif. native who plays at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. and won a gold medal at the U-18 World Cup Americas Qualifier in Mexico in November 2022 on USA Baseball’s 18U National Team. What’s not clear yet is whether Franco’s future is brighter on the mound or as an outfielder. Some like him more as a pitcher, where he has more physical projection remaining on his athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame with wide shoulders, long arms, a high waist, good flexibility and arm speed. There’s lots of space to add more weight and strength and grow a low-90s fastball that touches 94 mph and could eventually reach the mid-to-upper 90s. His slider has three-quarter action across the zone with spin in the 2,400 to 2,5000 rpm range, and he has shown advanced feel for a changeup with good tumble as well. He will need to tighten his control, but his athleticism bodes well for his ability to make adjustments. At the plate, Franco has a fluid lefthanded swing that’s geared to drive the ball in the air, with the ability to flatten out and punish mistakes up in the zone. He already uses left-center and the middle of the field for extra-base damage with over-the-fence juice to his pull side and above-average power potential once he fills out. He’s a tick above-average runner with a plus arm for right field.