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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 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. Oct 2 - 6:20 PM

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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.
Sep 25 - 1:16 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.
Sep 23 - 11:14 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.
Sep 23 - 12:53 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.
Sep 12 - 3:14 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.
Sep 12 - 8:55 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.
Sep 10 - 5:58 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.
Sep 10 - 3:48 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.
Sep 9 - 3:35 PM

Maikel Franco (thumb) is out of the Phillies' starting lineup again on Thursday.

Franco suffered a jammed right thumb over the weekend and might have made it worse by trying to play through it on Monday and Tuesday against the Marlins. This will be his second consecutive day of rest. Andres Blanco is starting at third base and batting third on Thursday night against the Nationals.
Sep 8 - 3:51 PM

Maikel Franco is day-to-day with a jammed right thumb.

Franco suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to Atlanta. He played through it on Monday and Tuesday before taking Wednesday night off. Jim Salisbury of speculates that Franco could need another day or two to heal up. The 24-year-old has slugged 22 homers this year though he carries an underwhelming .246 average over 504 at-bats.
Sep 7 - 10:41 PM

Maikel Franco is getting the night off Wednesday.

Andres Blanco is starting at third base and batting seventh versus Marlins right-hander Andrew Cashner. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Franco.
Sep 7 - 3:46 PM

Maikel Franco finished 4-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Braves on Saturday.

The loss was no fault of Franco's, as he ended up with four of the Phillies' six hits in the 10-inning loss. His three doubles matched his hit total from his previous seven games coming into Saturday. It's been that kind of up-and-down year that was expected of the 24-year-old, who is hitting .250/.301/.431 with 22 homers and 73 RBI in 128 games.
Sep 3 - 11:43 PM

Maikel Franco hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Phillies a 5-4 win over the Dodgers on Thursday.

With the Phillies trailing by a run, Franco took Dodgers reliever Grant Dayton deep in the seventh to flip the script. The homer was Franco's 22nd of the year, and he's collected 71 RBI as well. Still just 23 years old, Franco is hitting .249/.305/.443 in his first full year in the bigs.
Aug 19 - 12:08 AM

Maikel Franco blasted a three-run homer in the first inning to lead the Phillies to victory on Saturday.

He pimped the home run a bit too much and paid the price by getting drilled his next time up, provoking a benches-clearing incident. The 23-year-old third baseman is batting .248 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI in his first full season.
Aug 13 - 11:25 PM

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1B1Tommy Joseph
2Ryan Howard
3Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Roman Quinn
2Tyler Goeddel
3Cody Asche
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2Hector Neris
3David Hernandez
4Edubray Ramos
5Michael Mariot
6Joely Rodriguez
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