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Maikel Franco | Third Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/26/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Maikel Franco went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies.
Franco tied the game at 3-3 in the third inning with an RBI single to center field. He re-tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth inning with a two-run single to center. Franco has hit consecutively in four games now and is batting .350/.381/.650 with five RBI in 21 plate appearances since his promotion. May 19 - 11:54 PM

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Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a solo home run as the Phillies took down the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Franco extended the Phillies' lead to 3-0 with a sixth-inning triple and later came around to score. He socked his first big league home run in the eighth off of Randall Delgado. Franco made his major league debut in September last year but went homerless in 58 plate appearances. The Phillies appear ready to give Franco considerable time to prove himself at third base, which makes him relevant in mixed leagues.
May 17 - 4:30 PM

Phillies recalled 3B Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The Phils sent Cody Asche down earlier this week as he transitions from third base to left field, which has paved the way for Franco to take over as the team's everyday third baseman. The 22-year-old earned the promotion after batting .355/.384/.539 with four homers and 24 RBI over 151 plate appearances for Lehigh Valley. It remains to be seen how ready Franco is to contribute at the major league level, but his upside certainly makes him a worthy flier.
May 15 - 9:12 AM

Maikel Franco is expected to be promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday.

Cody Asche has been sent down in order to begin making a transition to left field. Franco hit his fourth home run of the season for Lehigh Valley on Monday and is sporting a .341 batting average. He batted just .179/.190/.214 in a cup of coffee with the big club last season and the 22-year-old still has plate discipline issues, but his upside makes him worthy of a flier in just about any format.
May 11 - 10:41 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Monday that Maikel Franco is close to earning a promotion from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

It would be hard for Franco to do much more to earn a call-up given his .336/.359/.520 batting line with three home runs and 17 RBI at Lehigh Valley. Cody Asche has been slumping of late and has also been working out in the outfield, so expect Franco to take over as the starter at the hot corner sooner rather than later. He makes for a viable stash in fantasy leagues where he remains available.
May 11 - 5:19 PM

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco has hit .415 during his nine-game hitting streak for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Franco extended the streak with a 2-for-5 effort on Sunday. He leads the International League with eight doubles and also has the most total bases with 30. The 22-year-old corner infielder is making a strong case for a promotion. Franco hit .179 in 16 games for the Phillies last season.
Apr 20 - 2:56 PM

Phillies prospect Maikel Franco went 3-for-7 with a pair of doubles Sunday in a win over Triple-A Pawtucket.

The game went 16 innings, which would explain Franco's high at-bat total. The 22-year-old had just two hits in his first three games prior to Sunday's win. Franco has a chance to be a fixture in Philadelphia, though with Ryan Howard and Cody Asche occupying the two corner infield spots, that opportunity may not come until later this year.
Apr 13 - 4:15 PM

Phillies optioned INF Maikel Franco to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Franco had six hits -- all singles -- in 30 Grapefruit League at-bats this spring. The team's top hitting prospect should be up to play regularly if the Phillies are ever able to trade Ryan Howard, but for now he'll receive more seasoning at Triple-A. It couldn't hurt, as he batted just .257/.299/.428 at Lehigh Valley last season.
Mar 20 - 8:37 AM

Maikel Franco went 0-for-3 on Tuesday and is still looking for his first extra-base hit this spring.

Franco is batting .207/.207/.207 through 29 at-bats, which is pretty surprising given how successful he was in the Dominican Winter League playoffs back in January. He probably was Triple-A bound even with a good spring, but he doesn't appear poised to even make it a tough decision.
Mar 17 - 4:15 PM

Maikel Franco hit .337/.344/.570 with four home runs over 22 games in the Dominican Winter League playoffs.

Franco also had a strong regular season for Gigantes del Cibao. He didn't do much last September with the Phillies, but the 22-year-old third base prospect has posted big-time slugging numbers at every level of the minors and could take on significant fantasy value at some point in 2015. Cody Asche is expected to open the year at the hot corner for Philly. Ryan Howard still has to be plugged in at first base.
Jan 26 - 12:00 PM

Maikel Franco knocked in the winning run with an RBI single in the seventh inning against the Pirates on Tuesday, finishing 2-for-4 overall.

Franco doubled and scored in the first inning, then broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh with an RBI single to right field to score Freddy Galvis. He is expected to split the time roughly 50/50 with Cody Asche at third base. In his first 20 major league plate appearances, Franco is slashing .211/.200/.263 with three RBI.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Maikel Franco will bat second Tuesday against the Pirates.

He'll move up in the order with Jimmy Rollins sidelined due to a hamstring injury. Franco is batting .133 (2-for-15) with two RBI over his first four games in the majors.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Maikel Franco is not in the Phillies' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon against the Braves.

Franco drove in a run with a sacrifice fly Tuesday in his major league debut but he'll be on the bench for Wednesday's matinee. The top third base prospect is expected to get 50-60 at-bats down the stretch. He's capable of carrying fantasy value in leagues that allow for daily lineup changes.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 09:52:00 AM

Maikel Franco was hitless in three at-bats, but knocked a run with a sacrifice fly in his major league debut in Tuesday's win against the Braves.

Franco grounded out three times in his first three at-bats before knocking in the Phillies' fourth and final run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning against Anthony Varvaro. Manager Ryne Sandberg plans to split playing time at third base between Franco and Cody Asche, so he's worth a grab in deep leagues for 50-60 at-bats through the end of the regular season.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 10:15:00 PM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Tuesday that he'd like to get Maikel Franco 50-60 at-bats this month.

That would equate to he and Cody Asche splitting the starts at third base pretty much right down the middle. "I think that would make it worthwhile for him to be here," Sandberg said. Franco got off to a rough start this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley but hit .324 with 11 homers over his last 54 games. He's worth a shot in deeper leagues, especially those with daily transactions.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 09:52:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Cesar Hernandez
LF1Ben Revere
2Grady Sizemore
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
S1Cole Hamels
2Aaron Harang
3Jerome Williams
4Chad Billingsley
5Sean O'Sullivan
6Cliff Lee
7Jonathan Pettibone
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Ken Giles
3Jake Diekman
4Justin De Fratus
5Jeanmar Gomez
6Mario Hollands
7Luis Garcia
8Elvis Araujo