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Maikel Franco | Third Baseman | #7

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/26/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 216
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / PHI
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Maikel Franco connected with his third homer in the past two nights, going 3-for-5 with 4 RBI against the Brewers on Saturday.
Franco busted out his slump on Friday night against the Brewers and kept the momentum going into Saturday's victory. He's hitting .299/.338/.552 with five homers and 12 RBI in 71 plate appearances. The young slugger can get overaggressive at the plate on occasion, as evidenced by his 55.2 percent swing rate, but his monstrous power binges make it worthwhile. He'll be sad to leave Miller Park after Sunday's finale. Apr 23 - 11:30 PM

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Maikel Franco launched a pair of homers, driving in three, in Friday night's victory over the Brewers.

Franco makes it look so easy at times. He went deep for a two-run homer in the fifth and followed up with a solo shot in the seventh. The 23-year-old had been battling through a mini slump, but a trip to hitter-friendly Miller Park was just what the doctor ordered. He now has four homers and is hitting .274/.318/.500 on the season.
Apr 22 - 11:44 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a double, a walk and two RBI on Wednesday in a victory over the Padres.

Franco continues his assault on opposing pitchers, as he's now hitting .379/.455/.655 with two homers through nine games. He's the only true offensive threat in the Phillies' batting order, yet he's somehow hitting for average, drawing walks, and avoiding strikeouts. It's early, yes, but his well-rounded performance on Wednesday furthers the argument that Franco is one of the best young hitters in the National League.
Apr 13 - 10:05 PM

Maikel Franco went 3-for-4 against the Padres on Monday.

All three hits were singles. Franco had a bit of a scare after he was hit just below his left elbow by a pitch last Thursday, but he’s doing fine. The exciting 23-year-old owns a .409/.480/.591 batting line through six games and has hit safely in all of them.
Apr 11 - 6:28 PM

Maikel Franco (elbow) has returned to the Phillies starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Mets.

Franco sat out on Friday after he was hit by a pitch in his left elbow during Thursday's game. He gets a nice matchup against veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon on Saturday.
Apr 9 - 3:03 PM

Maikel Franco (elbow) is not in the Phillies' lineup Friday.

Franco was hit on the left elbow by a pitch in Thursday's contest. He stayed in the game and didn't undergo an X-ray, but he's surely sore and the Phillies have decided to give him a little break. Manager Pete Macakin said the slugger could be available to pinch-hit. Andres Blanco is handling third base. Philly's lineup also features Emmanuel Burriss getting his first start of the season in left field.
Apr 8 - 9:37 AM

Maikel Franco did not require an X-ray after getting hit in the left elbow Thursday against the Reds.

Ross Ohlendforf plunked him in the ninth inning but Franco was able to stay in the game. He said he feels fine and should play Friday against the Mets. In the off chance that Franco sits, Andres Blanco would be a candidate to fill in at third base.
Apr 7 - 4:35 PM

Maikel Franco hit a two-run homer off Brandon Finnegan to account for all of the Phillies' scoring Wednesday.

This won't be the last time in 2016 that a Franco homer is the totality of the Phillies offense for the night. The 23-year-old hit nine this spring, two more than anyone else, even though he was playing in the Grapefruit League.
Apr 6 - 9:47 PM

Maikel Franco homered and knocked in two runs in Friday’s loss to the Orioles.

Franco had an RBI ground out in the first inning before launching a home run in the second deck in left field in the fourth. Coming off an impressive rookie campaign, the 23-year-old leads all MLB hitters with nine home runs this spring. He appears poised to take a huge step forward this year.
Apr 1 - 10:42 PM

Maikel Franco launched his seventh homer of the spring Friday off the Pirates' Guido Knudson.

We didn't see Franco reaching 30 homers until 2017, but maybe it'll happen this year. It's not like he didn't show plenty of pop last year, collecting 14 homers and 22 doubles in 304 at-bats.
Mar 18 - 4:55 PM

Maikel Franco delivered another two-homer game Monday, giving him six homers this spring.

Both homers came off Yovani Gallardo, so he's not feasting on minor leaguers, either. Between Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant, Franco, Matt Carpenter and maybe David Wright and Matt Duffy, this could be the fiercest competition the NL has had for All-Star berths at third base in several years.
Mar 14 - 5:30 PM

Maikel Franco hit a pair of two-run homers off Jordan Zimmermann as the Phillies and Tigers played to a 6-6 tie on Thursday.

Franco has four homers this spring. Good thing the Phillies aren't going to send him down for service-time purposes again. He's going to anchor the team's lineup, whether he's batting third or fourth.
Mar 10 - 4:49 PM

MaikeL Franco had a three-run homer and an RBI single in the Phillies' 12-11 win over the Braves on Friday.

Franco already has two homers this spring. He looks like a clear top-10 fantasy third baseman this year, even though he's not likely to get a lot of help from his friends in the Phillies lineup.
Mar 4 - 6:29 PM

Maikel Franco will begin playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic with Gigantes del Ciabo as early as this week.

After missing two months with a wrist injury, Franco returned for the final three games of the 2015 season. He took a break after that, but he's ready to get back into game action. The 23-year-old is locked in as the starting third baseman for the Phillies after batting .280/.343/.497 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI over 80 games this past season.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 02:52:00 PM

Maikel Franco is in Friday's lineup for the Phillies' showdown with the Marlins.

This is the first time Franco has played since August 11. He lost six weeks due to a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .277/.340/.490 with 13 homers and 48 RBI over 296 at-bats (covering 77 games). The Phillies come charging into the series with four straight wins and a 62-97 record.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 03:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Emmanuel Burriss
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Peter Bourjos
2Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Aaron Altherr
2Tyler Goeddel
3David Lough
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Charlie Morton
3Aaron Nola
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Vincent Velasquez
6Adam Morgan
7Matt Harrison
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Dalier Hinojosa
3David Hernandez
4Hector Neris
5Brett Oberholtzer
6Andrew Bailey
7Elvis Araujo
8Daniel Stumpf
9Mario Hollands
10Michael Mariot