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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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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

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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

Maikel Franco will make his major league debut Tuesday against the Braves.

Franco, who was called up after Monday's game, will bat seventh and play third base Tuesday with left-hander Mike Minor on the hill for Atlanta. The 22-year-old might not play everyday in September, but he should be on the radar in mixed fantasy leagues.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 03:24:00 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of 3B Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

It's official. Franco got off to a slow start this season, but he hit .324 with a .922 OPS, 11 home runs, and 47 RBI in 54 games after the start of July. It's unclear if he'll play everyday, as the Phillies still have Cody Asche in the fold at third base, but he's capable of providing mixed league value when in the lineup.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 05:58:00 PM

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies will promote Maikel Franco on Tuesday.

And the 22-year-old top third base prospect could make his major league debut Tuesday night against Braves left-hander Mike Minor. Franco got off to a sluggish start this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he's hit .324 with a .922 OPS, 11 home runs, and 47 RBI in 54 games since the beginning of July. He should play against most lefties in Philly and will be of good use in fantasy leagues that allow daily lineup changes.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 01:55:00 PM

Phillies prospect 3B Maikel Franco went 1-for-4 with a grand slam on Tuesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Franco had a horrendous start to his season, as he batted just .209/.367/.318 with 22 extra-base hits (five home runs) over the first three months of the season (78 games). Thankfully, the 22-year-old has looked more like his 2013 self since beginning of July, with a .327/.341/.598 batting line, 11 home runs, 15 doubles and 44 RBI over 49 games. Meanwhile, his seven home runs in August represent his highest total for any month this season, and it’s more than he hit over a combined 52 games between June and July (5 HR). Franco now has 16 home runs this season after hitting 31 in 2013. The Phillies haven’t decided whether they’ll call up Franco in September, but his torrid second half definitely has shifted the odds in his favor.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 03:13:00 PM

Phillies prospect third baseman Maikel Franco went 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.

It's easy to get caught up in the should-have-been hype and forget that Franco has hit .254/.295/.417 with 30 doubles, four triples, and 14 home runs as a 21-year old in Triple-A. Franco has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order slugger, but he has struggled mightily in Triple-A. His long term defensive home is up in the air, but he will be given the opportunity to right the ship in 2015 and should see the major leagues early in 2015.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Phillies prospect third baseman Maikel Franco went 2-for-5 with a home run for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.

Franco's up and down season has continued, as his good day came on the heels of three consecutive 0-for-4 games, and his season line is now .246/.291/.393. After a great July, Franco has let up a little in August, putting up a .277/.277/.447 line. Cody Asche continues to struggle in the major leagues, which means that Franco will be called up when he is ready.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 11:26:00 AM

Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI on Monday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The double was Franco's first extra base hit in three August games, and his season line now sits at .242/.291/.385. Franco will turn 22 near the end of August, and still has a lot of time before to develop and improve. The Phillies are notorious for keeping prospects in the high minor leagues for extended periods of time, letting them simmer against higher-quality competition with the intention of having them fine tune their games before making their major league debut. As such, Franco could still make his major league debut in September, but early-2015 appears more likely.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 10:39:00 AM

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