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Maikel Franco | Third Baseman | #7

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/26/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / PHI
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Phillies and 3B Maikel Franco avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.95 million contract.
Franco is coming off a disappointing showing in 2017 but will still get a nice raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The third baseman batted .230/.281/.409 with 24 homers last season. Jan 12 - 12:31 PM

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ESPN Deportes has reported that Maikel Franco's three-game suspension in the Dominican Winter League was rescinded.

The Cibao Giants suspended Franco for partying into the early hours of the morning on the day he had a game. It's unclear what prompted them to lift the suspension, but MLB.com's Jon Morosi says the third baseman is not in the Giants' lineup for their playoff game Monday due to family reasons.
Jan 8 - 6:55 PM

Maikel Franco was suspended three games by the Cibao Giants -- his Dominican Winter League team -- "for violating the organization's discipline code," according to owner Samir Rizek.

Franco and three other players were suspended for partying into the early morning Saturday when the club had a game later that night. The Giants had the best regular season record in the Dominican Winter League but have lost six of their first eight playoff games. Franco, 25, is coming off a disappointing season for the Phillies, having batted just .230/.281/.409.
Jan 7 - 1:37 PM

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Giants "were sniffing around" on Maikel Franco during the Winter Meetings.

The Phillies are expected to trade a bat following their signing of Carlos Santana, and it's possible Franco could be the one to go. Franco hit a disappointing .230/.281/.409 with 24 homers this past season, but he's still just 25 and would be a nice buy-low proposition for the Giants.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 09:14:00 AM

Maikel Franco hit his 24th homer of the season in the Phillies route of the Mets on Sunday.

Franco ends the year on a bit of a hot run, which is great. He still has a .690 OPS, which is less nice. There's lots of talent in the right-hander's bats, but he needs to see more pitches and make more consistent contact if he's going to be even an average regular.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 06:52:00 PM

Maikel Franco hit his 23rd home run of the season in Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Mets.

Mets starter Seth Lugo hated the baseball he was using, so Franco did him a solid and hit it out of the ballpark in the second inning. The homer was the third in four games for the 25-year-old, who's turning it on late to try to salvage a mostly miserable year offensively. The 23 homers, 73 RBI and 65 runs scored are nice, but Franco's .230/.282/.405 line leaves something to be desired. He's more talented than that line suggests, but he'll have to start showing it more and sooner to keep a starting job on what's quickly becoming an exciting young Phillies club.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 01:10:00 AM

Maikel Franco slugged a two-run homer off Matt Harvey in Friday’s win over the Mets.

It was one of three homers on the night for Philadelphia, as Jorge Alfaro and Cesar Hernandez also went deep. Franco has two homers in his last three games, bringing him to 22 on the year. The 25-year-old has disappointed with a .230/.282/.402 batting line this season and has lost playing time down the stretch with J.P. Crawford in the majors. His future in Philadelphia could already be in question.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 10:05:00 PM

Maikel Franco hit his 21st homer of the season in a victory over the Braves on Sunday.

The homer came off of Luiz Gohara, which was the only run he allowed in the game. It's been a massively disappointing season for the young third baseman, but there's unquestionable talent in his right-handed bat. It'd be nice to see him end the year on a positive note.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 05:19:00 PM

Maikel Franco is not in Tuesday's lineup versus the Dodgers.

He'll take a seat as the Phillies continue to shuffle their infield. J.P. Crawford will start at third base while Cesar Hernandez returns to the lineup at second base.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 02:47:00 PM

Maikel Franco will return to the Phillies' lineup Friday.

J.P. Crawford has started each of the last three games at third base since his recall, which has limited Franco to just one pinch-hitting appearance (he struck out). However, Crawford will now shift over to shortstop and second base for a few days, putting Franco back in the lineup and Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez on the bench when Crawford plays their position. It's obviously not an ideal situation for any of the parties involved.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 11:19:00 AM

Maikel Franco went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk against the Braves on Monday.

Franco provided some insurance after rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins put the Phillies ahead in the sixth. Once considered a future building block in his own right, Franco now finds himself on shaky ground in Philadelphia. He’s batting just .225/.279/.391 through 126 games and hasn’t shown any signs of getting it going in August.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 10:30:00 PM

Maikel Franco went 0-for-4 against the Mets on Sunday, dropping his average to .226.

Franco seemed to find his stride in July, coming in at .255/.315/.500 for the month, but he's hitting .204 with one homer and no walks in 49 at-bats during August. If he can't put it together and finish strong, it'd be no surprise to see the Phillies move on this winter, opening up a spot in the infield for Scott Kingery.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 06:39:00 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

Franco connected for his 17th homer of the season with one out in the second inning against Jeff Hoffman. He has picked up multiple hits in two of his last three games. Overall, the infielder is slashing a relatively unimpressive .230/.285/.407 with 17 homers, 57 RBI and 42 runs scored over the course of 105 games played.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 07:02:00 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and scored two runs in a win over the Astros.

His fifth-inning blast off reliever Michael Feliz was his 15th of the year. He has made a lot of outs as indicated by his .226 batting average and .284 on-base percentage. His rate stats have declined precipitously each year since his rookie campaign. He hit .280/.343/.497 in 2015, .255/.306/.427 in 2016 and now .226/.284/.401 in 2017. The 24-year-old still has plenty of potential to turn things around eventually, but his fantasy owners are not getting what they thought they would on draft day.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 12:04:00 AM

Maikel Franco went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Tuesday versus the Astros.

Franco had been on a nice little run, but he's now compiled four straight hitless contests and has struck out seven times over that stretch. His batting line on the season is down to a lowly .224/.282/.390.
Tue, Jul 25, 2017 10:08:00 PM