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Maikel Franco | Third Baseman | #7

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/26/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 216
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Maikel Franco was scratched from the Phillies' lineup Friday so that he could go to the dentist.

It's unclear what issue Franco is dealing with, but obviously it's not a big deal. He's hit three home runs already this spring.
Mar 3 - 11:42 AM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-2 and hit his third spring homer Monday against the Rays.

One of those homers was an inside-the-parker and should have been a double, but even so, Franco is scorching hot right now. One note of interest: Franco hit fifth behind Michael Saunders in this one after hitting cleanup ahead of Saunders in his debut. It's something to watch, since Franco would have more fantasy value hitting fourth than fifth or sixth (we're guessing Saunders will hit fifth to break up righties Franco and Tommy Joseph).
Feb 27 - 4:09 PM

Maikel Franco was credited with two homers Saturday to lead the Phillies past the Yankees 6-5.

The second homer should have been a double, but the center fielder thought the ball was trapped under the fence, didn't get the call right away and picked up the ball to throw it back in. Regardless, it was a nice day for the 24-year-old Franco. He hit cleanup today, too, with the Phillies playing all of their regulars. If he's picked over Tommy Joseph for that lineup spot, it'd help his fantasy value.
Feb 25 - 4:15 PM

Maikel Franco went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Mets.

He drove in a run with a single in the third inning. He reached on an infield single in the eighth and later came around to score. He also doubled in the game. Franco ends the season with a .255 batting average with 25 home runs and 88 RBI. He is just 24 years old and might blossom into a star eventually.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 06:20:00 PM

Maikel Franco homered in his third straight game Saturday, and the Phillies outlasted the Mets 10-8.

For the fourth game in a row, Franco had two hits, and for the third straight game one of those hits left the yard. He finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored on Saturday, with his three-run jack in the first inning accounting for all his runs driven in. He's finishing a relatively disappointing season on a high note, as the 24-year-old now has 25 homers and 87 RBI to go with a .253/.304/.433 line overall.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 01:16:00 AM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a long two-run homer Friday against the Mets.

After going without a homer in 27 games, Franco has now homered on back-to-back nights. While the 24-year-old has regressed from his impressive rookie season, he's showing some late life. He leads the Phillies with 24 homers and 84 RBI.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 11:14:00 PM

Maikel Franco did everything he could to get the Phillies past the Mets on Thursday, finishing 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the loss.

Franco muscled an Addison Reed pitch to the opposite field in the eighth inning, barely clearing the wall for a three-run shot that gave the Phillies a late lead. After the Mets came back in the ninth, Franco then drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the 11th. Of course, that run wouldn't hold up, either, but there's only so much one man can do. With Thursday's game, the 24-year-old is hitting .250/.310/.422 with 23 homers, 83 RBI and 59 runs scored in 143 games.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 12:53:00 AM

Maikel Franco (thumb) is back in the Phillies' starting lineup on Monday night.

Franco missed much of last week with a jammed right thumb. He'll start at third base and bat third for the Phillies on Monday versus Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 03:14:00 PM

Maikel Franco (thumb) singled as a pinch-hitter on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals.

That's a pretty good indication that he will be able to return to the Phillies starting lineup on Monday as hoped. Franco has batted just .247 with a .299 on-base percentage in 133 games this season, though he does have 22 home runs and 73 RBI.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 08:55:00 AM

Maikel Franco (thumb) is targeting Monday for his return to the starting lineup.

A jammed right thumb has kept him out of the lineup since Tuesday. He'll be available to pinch-hit the next two days but won't be back in the starting nine until Monday's series opener against Pittsburgh. Franco has slugged a career-high 22 homers this year though he's hit just .207 since the All-Star break.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 05:58:00 PM

Maikel Franco (thumb) is once again absent from the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

Franco hasn't played since aggravating his thumb injury on Tuesday. Andres Blanco continues to fill in at the hot corner and will bat third for the Phillies against Max Scherzer and the Nationals on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 03:48:00 PM

Maikel Franco (thumb) remained out of the Phillies' lineup Friday.

He hasn't played since aggravating a right thumb injury on Tuesday, although the hope is that Franco is available off the bench. He remains day-to-day. Andres Blanco is getting another start at third base.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 03:35:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Cameron Rupp
2Andrew Knapp
1B1Tommy Joseph
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Jesmuel Valentin
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Howie Kendrick
2Chris Coghlan
3Daniel Nava
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Michael Saunders
2Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Aaron Nola
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Clay Buchholz
5Vincent Velasquez
6Zach Eflin
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Hector Neris
3Joaquin Benoit
4Pat Neshek
5Edubray Ramos
6Luis Garcia
7Joely Rodriguez
8Adam Morgan
9Cesar Ramos
10Colton Murray