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Maikel Franco | Third Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/26/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Maikel Franco doubled three times, walked, and knocked in a pair of runs in five plate appearances in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.
Franco hit RBI doubles in the seventh and ninth innings, but the Phillies' pitching staff put the game too far out of reach for the third baseman's effort to matter. Franco hasn't slowed down since his promotion in May, batting .305/.349/.557 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI. Jul 1 - 10:11 PM

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Maikel Franco went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in, helping the Phillies beat the Nationals in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

Franco knocked in a run with an infield single as part of the Phillies' four-run second inning. He then knocked in the first two runs in another four-run frame in the fourth. The third baseman has knocked in 32 runs on the year along with hitting 10 home runs and compiling a .304/.349/.559 batting line.
Jun 28 - 9:35 PM

Maikel Franco keeps on mashing, finishing 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI as the Phillies outlasted the Yankees 11-6 on Tuesday.

Starting at first base, the 22-year-old hit a three-run bomb in the fourth inning before swatting a two-run double in the ninth to break a tie. His recent hitting has been a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season for the Phillies, as Franco is now batting .319/.368/.604 with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 37 games. Three of those homers have come in the last two days, and Franco is 13-for-21 (.619) with 11 RBI and six runs scored during a five-game hitting streak.
Jun 24 - 12:24 AM

Maikel Franco will start at first base Tuesday against the Yankees.

This enables Ryan Howard to serve as the designated hitter. Andres Blanco will start at third base.
Jun 23 - 3:59 PM

Maikel Franco drilled two home runs and knocked in five runs, finishing 4-for-5 in Monday's win over the Yankees.

Franco gave the Phillies an early 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the first inning. He added a two-run single in the fourth, and a two-run home run in the sixth, proving an integral part of the Phillies' offensive attack in a slugfest win. Franco has four consecutive multi-hit games and has homered seven times in the month of June. Overall, he's batting .312/.353/.574 with nine home runs and 24 RBI. Kris Bryant, comparatively, is hitting .282/.384/.485 with 10 homers and 42 RBI in about 120 more plate appearances.
Jun 22 - 11:49 PM

Maikel Franco went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored as the Phillies handily defeated the Cardinals on Sunday.

Franco doubled in a run in the fifth and later scored on Ryan Howard's single. The third baseman has back-to-back-to-back multi-hit games and has done nothing but hit in the month of June. So far this season, he's hitting .294/.338/.522 with seven home runs and 19 RBI, providing immediate returns for fantasy owners.
Jun 21 - 4:43 PM

Maikel Franco's two-run home run was the lone bright spot as the Phillies were clobbered horribly by the Orioles on Tuesday.

Franco drilled a two-run home run to left-center in the sixth inning, reducing the Phillies' deficit to 14-3 at the time. Though he had been held hitless over his previous two games, Franco has enjoyed a hot June and is currently batting .274/.315/.530 with seven home runs and 18 RBI since being called up on May 15.
Jun 16 - 11:07 PM

Maikel Franco extended his hitting streak to 10 games in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Pirates.

Franco went 1-for-4 with a single and a walk. The 22-year-old rookie is batting .284/.330/.539 with six home runs and 16 RBI over 26 games since his call-up and continues to build momentum in mixed fantasy leagues.
Jun 13 - 1:17 AM

Maikel Franco went 3-for-4 with a double, but the Phillies were handed a loss against the Reds on Monday.

The Phillies' #1-4 hitters combined to go 3-for-18, so Franco had few opportunities to bring in any runs. He made it to third base twice and was stranded both times as well. The third baseman is on a seven-game hitting streak, recording multiple hits in five of those games. As a result, Franco is batting a solid .275/.305/.549 with six home runs and 16 RBI.
Jun 8 - 10:14 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run as the Phillies beat the Giants on Sunday.

Franco doubled and scored in the second inning, then crushed a solo home run in the eighth inning off of Jeremy Affeldt to boost the Phillies' lead to 6-3. The third baseman has gone yard in four out of his last six games, giving him six on the year with 16 RBI, 14 runs scored, and a .253/.286/.529 triple-slash line.
Jun 7 - 4:58 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Giants.

Franco tied things up with a solo shot in the seventh, but the Giants quickly took the lead back. The 22-year-old now has three home runs and seven RBI over his last four games. Franco is batting just .241 and hasn't showed much in the way of patience, but he's making contact and providing power. Those in deeper mixed fantasy leagues should be willing to gamble on the upside.
Jun 5 - 10:37 PM

Maikel Franco hit a game-tying three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, helping the Phillies eventually win in 11 innings on Wednesday against the Reds.

Franco whipped a fastball from Aroldis Chapman, hitting a no-doubt three-run home run to tie the game at 4-4. He finished 2-for-5 on the night and has now homered in back-to-back games. Franco has four round-trippers on the season along with 13 RBI and a .225/.267/.451 triple-slash line.
Jun 3 - 10:40 PM

Maikel Franco hit a two-run home run, helping the Phillies rally late to overcome the Reds on Tuesday.

Franco hammered a Jumbo Diaz breaking ball down the left field line for a no-doubt home run, tying the game up at 4-4. The Phillies would walk off the next inning. Franco also doubled and scored in a 2-for-4 evening. He had been slumping, registering only two hits -- both singles -- in 28 plate appearances over his previous seven games. He's batting .212/.257/.409 with three home runs and 10 RBI over his first 70 plate appearances this season.
Jun 2 - 10:41 PM

Maikel Franco was held hitless again, going 0-for-3 with a walk as the Rockies completed a series sweep of the Phillies with a 4-1 win on Sunday.

Franco went 0-for-11 in the series and has registered only two hits -- both singles -- in 28 plate appearances since May 24. The Phillies' talented third base prospect is hitting .194/.242/.339 with two home runs and eight RBI in 66 plate appearances thus far.
May 31 - 4:49 PM

Maikel Franco went 0-for-4 with a strikeout as the Phillies fell to the Rockies on Friday.

As a team, the Phillies managed just two hits against Chad Bettis who was brilliant on the evening. While Franco has shown flashes of brilliance early in his Phillies career, he's now hitting a disappointing .218/.259/.382 through his first 58 plate appearances.
May 29 - 9:48 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Cesar Hernandez
LF1Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Ben Revere
2Domonic Brown
3Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Aaron Harang
3Jerome Williams
4Chad Billingsley
5Sean O'Sullivan
6Kevin Correia
7Adam Morgan
8Cliff Lee
9Jonathan Pettibone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Ken Giles
3Justin De Fratus
4Jeanmar Gomez
5Mario Hollands
6Luis Garcia
7Elvis Araujo
8Jake Diekman