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Maikel Franco | Third Baseman | #7

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (24) / 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 is back in the Phillies' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.
The young third baseman will hit cleanup after getting benched for two days. He has struggled to the tune of a .221/.281/.377 slash line so far in 2017. May 25 - 10:17 AM

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Maikel Franco remains out of the Phillies' starting lineup on Wednesday.

That's back-to-back benchings for the 24-year-old third baseman, who's batting just .221/.281/.377 in 171 plate appearances this season. Andres Blanco is starting at the hot corner and hitting fifth on Wednesday night against the Rockies.
May 24 - 3:00 PM

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

Maybe it's not a bad idea to give him a breather. Franco went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Monday and owns a disappointing .221/.281/.377 batting line through 41 games this season. Andres Blanco will start at third base.
May 23 - 3:04 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with two runs scored against the Pirates on Friday.

Both hits were singles. Franco has hit safely in six straight games, but this was his first multi-hit games since way back on May 4. The 24-year-old has struggled out of the gate this season, batting just .224 with six home runs and a .672 OPS over 38 games. After being moved to the seventh spot in the order on Thursday, he hit sixth on Friday. He’s going to have to earn his way back to the middle of the lineup.
May 19 - 10:15 PM

Maikel Franco, batting seventh for the first time this season, hit a two-run homer Thursday in the loss to the Rangers.

We get that the Phillies were trying to make a point, but batting Franco behind Andres Blanco and Michael Saunders against a left-hander wasn't likely to help their cause. Franco still project as a useful mixed league third baseman or CI the rest of the season.
May 18 - 5:29 PM

Maikel Franco has been dropped to seventh in the Phillies' batting order Thursday.

It's the lowest he's batted in a lineup since his rookie season in 2014. Franco owns a weak .213/.283/.360 slash line in 36 games this year, though he has tallied five home runs and 26 RBI.
May 18 - 11:27 AM

Maikel Franco is out of the Phillies' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners.

Andres Blanco will start at third base and bat sixth versus Seattle right-hander Yovani Gallardo. It's a day of physical and mental rest for Franco, who went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on Tuesday and is batting just .208/.281/.358 in 31 total games this season.
May 10 - 10:28 AM

Maikel Franco went 3-for-4 with two RBI against the Cubs on Wednesday.

He singled in two runs and scored the other two in the Phillies' 5-4 loss. It's kind of a typical game for him so far this year. He's hit just .222 with four homers, but he's scored 21 runs and driven in 23 in 26 games. It makes one wonder what his run and RBI stats will look like when he gets hot.
May 3 - 11:26 PM

Maikel Franco went 3-for-4 and crushed a grand slam in Wednesday's 7-4 defeat of the Marlins.

The Phillies trailed 2-0 in the third inning when Franco came to the plate with the bases juiced. He smoked a Wei-Yin Chen offering over the center field wall for his second grand slam of the season. Franco has a marvelous 20 RBI already, but hasn't been very good other than that. He has a woeful .203/.268/.392 slash line with three home runs and six runs scored.
Apr 26 - 10:20 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI as the Phillies defeated the Mets 6-4 on Thursday.

Franco swatted an RBI double in the third inning before knocking the solo homer in the eighth. Thursday's hits broke an 0-for-21 slump. The homer was his third in 15 games, and Franco is among the league leaders with 12 RBI, but he's struggled to a .172/.246/.362 line to date.
Apr 21 - 12:01 AM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 and crushed a grand slam in a losing effort to the Mets on Wednesday.

The Phillies trailed 5-0 in the sixth inning when Franco came to the plate with the bases loaded. He jacked a Hansel Robles offering over the center field wall to get the Phillies back in the game, although they would not manage to score again. Franco hit his first homer in yesterday's game and today's grand slam gives him longballs on back-to-back days. He went deep 25 times last year.
Apr 12 - 11:18 PM

Maikel Franco ripped a solo homer and added an RBI groundout on Tuesday versus the Mets.

Franco cranked a no-doubter over the left field wall off of Matt Harvey in the second inning. It cut the Mets' lead to four at the time, and things only got worse from there in the 14-4 laugher. Franco is off to a slow start with a .207/.294/.345 batting line in his first eight games.
Apr 11 - 11:10 PM

Maikel Franco hit his fifth homer of the spring Sunday in the Phillies' 6-3 win over the Pirates.

Franco has just a .215 average and one double in 65 at-bats, so he's added nothing aside from the homers. Still, the Phillies seem set to proceed with him as their cleanup hitter this year.
Mar 26 - 5:12 PM

Maikel Franco went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Wednesday against the Yankees.

Franco started out great, hitting three homers in his first two games, but he's down to .208/.250/.453 for the spring. He's hit .156/.208/.244 in 45 at-bats this month. The Phillies seem to be leaning towards hitting Franco cleanup, but they could flip him and likely No. 6 hitter Tommy Joseph with no repercussions.
Mar 22 - 4:44 PM

Maikel Franco swatted a grand slam in a Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

It was his only hit in five chances. He is now batting .213 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 47 at-bats. Last year Franco hit .255/.306/.427 with 25 home runs and 88 RBI in 152 games. He is still only 24 years old despite entering his fourth season in the major leagues.
Mar 18 - 5:22 PM

Depth Charts

C1Cameron Rupp
2Andrew Knapp
1B1Tommy Joseph
2Brock Stassi
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Aaron Altherr
2Howie Kendrick
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Michael Saunders
2Daniel Nava
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Aaron Nola
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Vince Velasquez
5Zach Eflin
6Clay Buchholz
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Neris
2Joaquin Benoit
3Jeanmar Gomez
4Pat Neshek
5Edubray Ramos
6Joely Rodriguez
7Mark Leiter
8Luis Garcia
9Ben Lively
10Adam Morgan