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Maikel Franco | Third Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (21) / 8/26/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco is hitting .098/.178/.122 through the first 11 games of the season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Franco's spring training struggles have carried into the regular season, as he has more strikeouts (ten) than hits (four) or walks (four). With Cody Asche hitting just .189/.286/.324, the third base job in Philadelphia is ripe for the taking, so if Franco can put together a few good weeks he could be exploiting the shallow left-center field gap at Citizens Bank Ballpark soon. Apr 15 - 10:36 AM

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Maikel Franco will open the 2014 season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Franco, 21, was viewed as a candidate to pry the third-base job away from Cody Asche this spring (and he also received some work at first base), but batted only .184/.225/.184 in 40 plate appearances. Franco turned in a monster breakout performance in 2013 at Double-A Reading, batting .320/.356/.569 with 36 doubles, 31 home runs and 103 RBI in 581 plate appearances, and is expected to reach the major leagues this year sometime around mid-season.
Apr 2 - 11:28 AM

Phillies reassigned INF Maikel Franco, OF Clete Thomas and RHP Sean O'Sullivan to minor league camp.

Franco, 21, entered camp with a chance to seize the team's starting job at the hot corner away from Cody Asche, but struggled to the tune of .184/.225/.184 in 40 plate appearances. He'll begin the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and should debut with the Phillies at some point during the upcoming season.
Mar 22 - 8:01 AM

Top prospect Maikel Franco went 0-for-4 on Thursday, dropping his spring average to .184.

Franco might have been able to overtake Cody Asche at third base with a big spring, but it just hasn't happened for the 21-year-old. It's probably for the best that he spend at least a couple of months in Triple-A anyway.
Mar 20 - 4:23 PM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has been impressed with top prospect Maikel Franco's defense at third base.

There's been some talk that Franco might have to move over to first base, but it sounds like Sandberg is in the camp that believes he can handle third. "He’s looked real good at third base," Sandberg said. "He’s got a soft glove. He reacts to balls well. The tougher the play, the softer he gets, which for a 21-year-old guy is pretty amazing. And his arm is very good." Cody Asche will begin the season as the Phillies' starting third baseman, but Franco could take over at some point.
Mar 4 - 6:48 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. clarified Thursday that the organization still views top prospect Maikel Franco as a third baseman.

Franco said earlier in the day that he would mostly be playing first base in 2014, but Amaro later refuted that, saying that "he's primarily a third baseman." Meanwhile, Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said that he'll split time between the positions. Either way, coming off a monster year in 2013, it shouldn't be long before we see Franco in the big leagues. It could happen quickly if Cody Asche struggles out of the gate.
Jan 16 - 5:55 PM

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco said Thursday that he has been told that he'll primarily work at first base this season.

Franco played eight games at first base last season, but the Phillies want him to get more comfortable at the position. He's also expected to get some work at third base, which still might be his quickest avenue to the big leagues. Ryan Howard has three guaranteed years remaining on his contract.
Jan 16 - 4:30 PM

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco made his first career start at first base Saturday for Double-A Reading.

The Phillies still believe third base is Franco's future, but he'll be given an extended look at first base for the remainder of the season. "It's just to give him another position he could go to," assistant GM Benny Looper said. "His bat is coming quick, it looks like. He's probably going to be limited to third or first. He's never played first, so we wanted to break him in and see if that's a possibility."
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 04:35:00 PM

Maikel Franco is batting .500/.514/.912 with 17 hits, three home runs and eight RBI through his first eight games for Double-A Reading.

The 20-year-old third baseman is having a monster year at the plate, and has quickly emerged as one of the top corner infield prospects in baseball. In 73 games this season between High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading, he has batted .322/.367/.614 with 24 doubles, 19 home runs and 60 RBI. Franco is still roughly a year away from potentially reaching the major leagues, but is worth adding in keeper/dynasty leagues.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 11:22:00 PM

The Phillies have promoted prospect third baseman Maikel Franco to Double-A Reading.

It's a well-deserved promotion for Franco, as he batted .299/.349/.576 with 16 home runs and a .925 OPS through 65 games this season with High-A Clearwater. Baseball America ranked the 20-year-old as the organization's No. 8 prospect coming into the season, but his stock is on the rise.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 12:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
1B1Ryan Howard
2John Mayberry
3Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Freddy Galvis
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Jayson Nix
3B1Cody Asche
LF1Domonic Brown
CF1Ben Revere
2Tony Gwynn Jr.
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cliff Lee
2Cole Hamels
3A.J. Burnett
4Kyle Kendrick
5Roberto Hernandez
6Jonathan Pettibone
7Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ethan Martin
6B.J. Rosenberg
7Mario Hollands
8Jeff Manship