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Maikel Franco | Third Baseman | #7

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/26/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Maikel Franco hit his 24th homer of the season in the Phillies route of the Mets on Sunday.
Franco ends the year on a bit of a hot run, which is great. He still has a .690 OPS, which is less nice. There's lots of talent in the right-hander's bats, but he needs to see more pitches and make more consistent contact if he's going to be even an average regular. Oct 1 - 6:52 PM

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Maikel Franco hit his 23rd home run of the season in Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Mets.

Mets starter Seth Lugo hated the baseball he was using, so Franco did him a solid and hit it out of the ballpark in the second inning. The homer was the third in four games for the 25-year-old, who's turning it on late to try to salvage a mostly miserable year offensively. The 23 homers, 73 RBI and 65 runs scored are nice, but Franco's .230/.282/.405 line leaves something to be desired. He's more talented than that line suggests, but he'll have to start showing it more and sooner to keep a starting job on what's quickly becoming an exciting young Phillies club.
Oct 1 - 1:10 AM

Maikel Franco slugged a two-run homer off Matt Harvey in Friday’s win over the Mets.

It was one of three homers on the night for Philadelphia, as Jorge Alfaro and Cesar Hernandez also went deep. Franco has two homers in his last three games, bringing him to 22 on the year. The 25-year-old has disappointed with a .230/.282/.402 batting line this season and has lost playing time down the stretch with J.P. Crawford in the majors. His future in Philadelphia could already be in question.
Sep 29 - 10:05 PM

Maikel Franco hit his 21st homer of the season in a victory over the Braves on Sunday.

The homer came off of Luiz Gohara, which was the only run he allowed in the game. It's been a massively disappointing season for the young third baseman, but there's unquestionable talent in his right-handed bat. It'd be nice to see him end the year on a positive note.
Sep 24 - 5:19 PM

Maikel Franco is not in Tuesday's lineup versus the Dodgers.

He'll take a seat as the Phillies continue to shuffle their infield. J.P. Crawford will start at third base while Cesar Hernandez returns to the lineup at second base.
Sep 19 - 2:47 PM

Maikel Franco will return to the Phillies' lineup Friday.

J.P. Crawford has started each of the last three games at third base since his recall, which has limited Franco to just one pinch-hitting appearance (he struck out). However, Crawford will now shift over to shortstop and second base for a few days, putting Franco back in the lineup and Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez on the bench when Crawford plays their position. It's obviously not an ideal situation for any of the parties involved.

Maikel Franco went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk against the Braves on Monday.

Franco provided some insurance after rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins put the Phillies ahead in the sixth. Once considered a future building block in his own right, Franco now finds himself on shaky ground in Philadelphia. He’s batting just .225/.279/.391 through 126 games and hasn’t shown any signs of getting it going in August.
Aug 28 - 10:30 PM

Maikel Franco went 0-for-4 against the Mets on Sunday, dropping his average to .226.

Franco seemed to find his stride in July, coming in at .255/.315/.500 for the month, but he's hitting .204 with one homer and no walks in 49 at-bats during August. If he can't put it together and finish strong, it'd be no surprise to see the Phillies move on this winter, opening up a spot in the infield for Scott Kingery.
Aug 13 - 6:39 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

Franco connected for his 17th homer of the season with one out in the second inning against Jeff Hoffman. He has picked up multiple hits in two of his last three games. Overall, the infielder is slashing a relatively unimpressive .230/.285/.407 with 17 homers, 57 RBI and 42 runs scored over the course of 105 games played.
Aug 6 - 7:02 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and scored two runs in a win over the Astros.

His fifth-inning blast off reliever Michael Feliz was his 15th of the year. He has made a lot of outs as indicated by his .226 batting average and .284 on-base percentage. His rate stats have declined precipitously each year since his rookie campaign. He hit .280/.343/.497 in 2015, .255/.306/.427 in 2016 and now .226/.284/.401 in 2017. The 24-year-old still has plenty of potential to turn things around eventually, but his fantasy owners are not getting what they thought they would on draft day.
Jul 27 - 12:04 AM

Maikel Franco went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Tuesday versus the Astros.

Franco had been on a nice little run, but he's now compiled four straight hitless contests and has struck out seven times over that stretch. His batting line on the season is down to a lowly .224/.282/.390.
Jul 25 - 10:08 PM

Maikel Franco finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and a walk in the Phillies' 10-3 defeat of the Marlins on Wednesday.

Franco contributed a run-scoring sac fly to the Phillies' two-run first inning and added a two-run double in the top of the ninth. The 24-year-old third baseman had a disappointing first half, but he's primed to produce better numbers down the stretch. Franco went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double on Tuesday.
Jul 19 - 4:01 PM

Maikel Franco went 4-for-5 with two RBI in Friday’s loss to the Brewers.

Franco had two doubles and a pair of RBI singles as he continues to mash at Miller Park. The 24-year-old has been a huge disappointment this season, batting just .226 with a .678 OPS, but at least he started his second half on a high note.
Jul 15 - 2:05 AM

Maikel Franco clubbed a solo home run for his only hit in four at-bats against the Padres on Saturday.

His fifth-inning shot off starter Jhoulys Chacin was the only run of the game until the Padres plated two in the seventh. It was his 13th tater of the season and his 45th RBI. His .220 batting average makes it tough to use him in fantasy lineups.
Jul 8 - 7:18 PM

Maikel Franco smacked a two-run home run for his only hit of the night against the Pirates on Wednesday.

He went deep in the first inning off starter Gerrit Cole with a runner aboard. He got his club off to a good start but those were the only runs they would manage in the entire ballgame. It was the 12th longball of the season for Franco, who has been quite a disappointment to his fantasy owners so far in 2017. He has a .219 batting average and a pitiful .278 on-base percentage. He's driven in 44 runs to salvage some value.
Jul 5 - 10:36 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jorge Alfaro
2Cameron Rupp
3Andrew Knapp
1B1Tommy Joseph
2Rhys Hoskins
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
2J.P. Crawford
3Pedro Florimon
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Nick Williams
2Daniel Nava
3Hyun Soo Kim
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
S1Aaron Nola
2Jerad Eickhoff
3Nick Pivetta
4Ben Lively
5Mark Leiter
6Zach Eflin
7Jake Thompson
8Vince Velasquez
9Clay Buchholz
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Neris
2Luis Garcia
3Adam Morgan
4Hoby Milner
5Edubray Ramos
6Jesen Therrien
7Yacksel Rios
8Kevin Siegrist
9Ricardo Pinto
10Zac Curtis
11Victor Arano
12Henderson Alvarez