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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 is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.
He is taking a seat in favor of Scott Kingery, who will handle the hot corner. Franco is batting only .194/.235/.226 over his last eight games. Apr 22 - 9:48 AM

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

Instead, Scott Kingery is starting at third base and batting sixth against Bucs right-hander Jameson Taillon. Franco isn't hurt, so it appears he's just getting a breather. The 25-year-old leads the team with 17 RBI, though he's batting only .220 through 50 at-bats this year.
Apr 19 - 4:32 PM

Maikel Franco went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the loss to the Braves on Monday.

Franco got off to a great start, but the Phillies have been sitting him some anyway; he played just once in four days from Wednesday through Saturday. Now that he's in a little 1-for-16 slump, he could be looking at more time on the bench. It's not really fair, but the Phillies have more players than spots at the moment.
Apr 16 - 10:46 PM

Maikel Franco led the charge in Saturday's 20-1 blowout of the Marlins, cracking a grand slam and a two-run double for six total RBI.

Franco stepped to the plate with the bases juiced and one out in the bottom of the first inning, then proceeded to unload on a Dillon Peters offering for the grand slam. Aaron Altherr would later rock a third-inning grand slam of his own as the game rapidly devolved into an out-and-out slaughter. All told, the Phillies finished with 20 hits -- eight of which went for extra-bases, four of which left the park altogether -- while posting three innings of at least four runs scored (the first, third and fourth frames). After managing just one hit through his first four games of the season, Franco has gone off for five hits in eight at-bats during his last two contests, with 10 RBI, two homers, a triple and a double in that small space.
Apr 7 - 9:44 PM

Maikel Franco went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and four RBI against the Marlins on Thursday.

He drove in all but one of the Phillies' runs today. Franco is feeling some heat at third in the form of Scott Kingery, so the pressure is on for him to get off to a good start. His OPS stands at .953 through five games.
Apr 5 - 9:29 PM

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

The Phillies will go with Scott Kingery at the hot corner instead. Franco's fantasy stock has already been on the decline and losing starts to Kingery isn't going to help.
Apr 3 - 3:31 PM

Maikel Franco slugged his sixth home run of the spring Sunday against the Orioles.

Franco has struggled with consistency this season, much like he did during the 2017 regular season, but the power has been impressive. Scott Kingery has been told that he will be on the Phillies' Opening Day roster and the 23-year-old top prospect could threaten to steal playing time from Franco at third base.
Mar 25 - 3:51 PM

Maikel Franco launched two homers and drove in six runs to propel the Phillies to an 8-2 win over the Pirates on Friday.

Franco is still hitting just .192 for the spring, but he's up to five homers and 13 RBI in 52 at-bats. That he's leading the Phillies in both categories will help him hold off this challenge from Scott Kingery and enter the season as a regular. The pressure will be on him, though.
Mar 23 - 5:32 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-3 with a homer Tuesday in the Phillies' 6-3 defeat of the Rays.

Franco got to hit third in between Carlos Santana and Rhys Hoskins today. That spot is earmarked for Odubel Herrera at the beginning of the season, but Franco could be a threat to overtake him if he plays up to his potential. Really, though, he needs to worry more about solidifying his hold on a starting job than where's he's going to bad. Even after today, he's just 5-for-32 with one walk this spring.
Mar 13 - 4:51 PM

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

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'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

Depth Charts

C1Jorge Alfaro
2Andrew Knapp
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Scott Kingery
SS1J.P. Crawford
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Rhys Hoskins
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Nick Williams
2Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
S1Aaron Nola
2Jake Arrieta
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Vince Velasquez
5Nick Pivetta
6Ben Lively
7Mark Leiter
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Neris
2Tommy Hunter
3Pat Neshek
4Luis Garcia
5Adam Morgan
6Edubray Ramos
7Yacksel Rios
8Drew Hutchison
9Victor Arano