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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
Contract: view contract details

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Maikel Franco was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Nationals with an apparent leg injury.
Franco slipped off of first base while hustling out an infield single and went tumbling to the ground. He stayed in the game to run the bases for himself, but seemed to be favoring his right knee and was replaced when the Phillies took the field to start the bottom of the eighth inning. The Phillies should provide an update on his status after the conclusion of Sunday's game. Jun 24 - 11:58 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres have shown interest in Maikel Franco.

It's possible the Phillies may be willing to move on from Franco -- who has frustrated with his inconsistency -- and Rosenthal says Philly could target one of the Padres' relievers. However, they would likely need to add an infielder first with J.P. Crawford (hand) sidelined. Philadelphia has been connected to Adrian Beltre.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 24 - 9:34 AM

Maikel Franco went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored to key a 5-3 win over the Nationals on Saturday.

He laced a run-scoring single to center field off stud reliever Kelvin Herrera in the eighth inning to cap off the four-hit day. Franco had played himself out of a starting role in recent weeks but J.P. Crawford's broken hand has given Franco a second chance. He has a .255/.297/.425 slash line with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 229 plate appearances. He has plenty of power but makes too many outs, in fact his on-base percentage has been a problem for the third baseman throughout his career.
Jun 23 - 8:20 PM

Maikel Franco is starting at third base and batting seventh for the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon against the Cardinals.

Franco is back in an everyday role in Philadelphia with J.P. Crawford out for the next 4-6 weeks due to a broken left hand. Franco has struggled offensively and defensively this season, but he does have good raw power and is capable of providing useful fantasy production when given regular at-bats.
Jun 20 - 10:54 AM

Maikel Franco is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cardinals.

J.P. Crawford will start at third base and hit ninth. Franco has really struggled this month and now finds himself in a timeshare.
Jun 19 - 3:16 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in a 10-9 victory over the Brewers on Sunday.

There was plenty of offense to be found in this one, and Franco provided much of it for the Phillies. His homer was a two-run shot off of Chase Anderson with one out, and it ups his total on the season to nine. He picked up two more RBI on a single in the seventh, giving the third baseman 36 on the season. Franco's overall line of .247/.292/.424 still leaves a lot to be desired, but because of his bat speed, he's capable of games like this. There just haven't been enough over the past few seasons.
Jun 17 - 6:19 PM

Maikel Franco is out of the Phillies' starting lineup Thursday versus the Rockies.

Franco made his first start in a week on Wednesday and went 0-for-4, dropping his season slash line to .242/.282/.407. Jesmuel Valentin will start at third base and bat sixth Thursday against right-hander German Marquez.
Jun 14 - 10:04 AM

Maikel Franco is starting Wednesday for the first time in a week.

He'll play third base and bat sixth versus Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson. Scott Kingery is at shortstop and hitting third, with J.P. Crawford on the bench. Franco has a disappointing .247/.288/.416 batting line through 205 plate appearances this season. Daily Slant: I expect Franco to be extremely low owned tonight after not starting for a week, which makes him an intriguing tournament play. His DFS price is very cheap on all sites, and if you need a 3B to fill a GPP team, Franco is a solid option who will be eager to prove he deserves to keep starting.
Jun 13 - 3:14 PM

Maikel Franco is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday for the fourth straight game.

Manager Gabe Kapler had indicated that he would rotate Franco, Scott Kingery and J.P. Crawford at shortstop and third base upon Crawford's return from the disabled list, but Franco has been the odd man out in all four games so far. Franco has hit eight homers and driven in 32 runs this season, but he's batting just .247/.288/.416 overall and has continued to display inconsistency. He can be dropped in most mixed leagues.
Jun 10 - 10:23 AM

Maikel Franco is not in the Phillies' lineup Friday.

Franco has now been benched in two straight following J.P. Crawford's return from the disabled list. Crawford is at third base again Friday and Scott Kingery is at shortstop. The plan is for the three to rotate at the two positions, but Franco has gotten the short end of the stick so far.
Jun 8 - 3:24 PM

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler plans to divide playing time at shortstop and third base among Maikel Franco, J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery.

Crawford was activated from the disabled list Thursday and started at third base, with Kingery getting the start at shortstop and Franco coming off the bench. Franco, of course, is the only one of the three limited to one position. It's obviously not an ideal setup for fantasy purposes, especially since none of the trio have provided consistent production to this point.

Maikel Franco is not in the Phillies' lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

He'll get a day off to recharge the batteries after going three for his last 20 at the dish. J.P. Crawford will spell Franco at the hot corner and bat eighth against Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood.
Jun 7 - 12:21 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-3 and ripped a solo home run during Saturday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.

This was an exceptionally well-pitched game on both sides and Franco was the first to strike a blow. His fifth-inning shot off starter Jaime Garcia opened the scoring. The Phillies' third baseman has been productive this year with a .263 batting average, eight home runs and 31 RBI in 44 games.
May 26 - 8:32 PM

Maikel Franco went hitless in a third straight start Monday and is in a 3-for-30 slump.

Franco still has 29 RBI in 40 games this year, but his OPS is back down to .734 now after a strong first 10 days of May. Still, he shouldn't have to worry much about playing time as long as J.P. Crawford is out, and even with his slump, he still has 130 points of OPS over Scott Kingery.
May 21 - 10:01 PM

Maikel Franco is not in the Phillies' lineup Friday.

It looks to be a routine day off. Scott Kingery is at third base and Pedro Florimon is at shortstop.
May 18 - 4:42 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jorge Alfaro
2Andrew Knapp
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Jesmuel Valentin
SS1Scott Kingery
2Pedro Florimon
3B1J.P. Crawford
2Maikel Franco
LF1Rhys Hoskins
2Dylan Cozens
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Aaron Altherr
2Nick Williams
Starting Pitcher
S1Aaron Nola
2Jake Arrieta
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Vince Velasquez
5Nick Pivetta
6Zach Eflin
Relief Pitcher
R1Seranthony Dominguez
2Tommy Hunter
3Pat Neshek
4Luis Garcia
5Adam Morgan
6Edubray Ramos
7Victor Arano
8Yacksel Rios
9Austin Davis
10Zac Curtis