|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||180.00||7.00||.283||25.00||21.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|07/11/2014||Manny Machado, 3B BAL|
Garrett Richards, SP LAA
|Jason Heyward, RF ATL|
Maikel Franco, 3B PHI
Noah Syndergaard, SP NYM
|07/11/2014||Wilson Ramos, C WAS|
Huston Street, RP SD
Homer Bailey, SP CIN
|Maikel Franco, 3B PHI|
Tyler Glasnow, SP PIT
|07/11/2014||Carlos Triunfel, SS LAD|
Matt Kemp, CF LAD
Gio Gonzalez, SP WAS
|Jesse Hahn, SP SD|
Maikel Franco, 3B PHI
Zack Cozart, SS CIN
Tyler Colvin, LF SF
|Maikel Franco starting to hit - could promotion be coming? |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(5/30/14) The Phillies have stressed that they won't promote third baseman Maikel Franco until he starts hitting at Triple-A Lehigh. Perhaps that time has come.
Franco owns a .238 batting average that is 101 points under what he achieved at the Double-A level a year ago. But he has five hits in his last 16 at-bats for a .313 mark. He also doubled and tripled in his last game.
The Phillies can use a productive third baseman with Cody Asche on the disabled list. There has also been speculation Franco could be promoted and platoon at first base with Ryan Howard.
|Ranking the most stashable prospects |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(5/28/14) With word that Maikel Franco could in fact replace the injured Cody Asche if he gets hot enough at Triple-A Lehigh Valley during the time Asche is sidelined (for more, check out the latest Prospects Report), the Phillies third baseman has officially become one of the most stashable prospects in Fantasy. Of course, by now, that list has become so long that you may need help prioritizing. So here you go.
Gregory Polanco is still No. 1. He's way too good for Triple-A, and even if the Pirates are waiting because of Super 2 concerns, he may be only three weeks away. Oscar Taveras may be only one week away if you buy that the Cardinals plan to promote him for their stretch of seven games in AL parks at the beginning of June. He may not be as prepared for the big leagues as Polanco, but he has arguably more upside.
Jon Singleton is still "on deck" for the Astros and crushing it at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The comes Franco. Andrew Heaney, the top pitcher of choice, edges out Joc Pederson, who seems like a long shot for a promotion even with Carl Crawford's ankle injury.
Boom! End of list. Now, go make us proud.
|Maikel Franco worth stashing just in case |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(5/27/14) Have a gaping hole at third base and hope for a miracle waiver claim to fill it? Maikel Franco may be it.
Or he may not, but when you need a miracle, you cling to the "may."
So why may he? Cody Asche, the Phillies' incumbent starter at third base, is hurt. He has a strained hamstring, which is the kind of injury that could sideline a player for anywhere from two weeks to two months.
Most likely, it'll be closer to two weeks, but because he plays the same position as the Phillies' top prospect and hasn't performed particularly well this season anyway, his injury is the perfect excuse for a changing of the guard.
Except the Phillies don't seem to be in any kind of hurry. Even though Franco has rebounded from a dreadful start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley to hit .291 with three home runs and an .849 OPS in May, because he's 3 for 24 (.125) in his last seven games, the Phillies want to see him get hot before promoting him.
Maybe Asche returns before that happens, but maybe not. And considering Franco hit .320 with 31 home runs and a .926 OPS between Double- and Triple-A last season, it's a gamble worth taking if you have a need.
|Phillies waiting for hot streak before promoting Maikel Franco |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(5/27/14) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Tuesday the team wants third-base prospect Maikel Franco in a groove offensively at Triple-A Lehigh Valley before he's promoted to the majors.
Sandberg, however, did give Franco the edge on defense over third baseman Cody Asche, who is currently on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury.
Franco is batting just .216 (8 for 37) in his last 10 games for Lehigh Valley. However, he is batting .291 with a .465 slugging percentage and .849 OPS in May after batting .172 with a .253 slugging percentage and .487 OPS in April.
|Maikel Franco a candidate for promotion |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(5/25/14) With Phillies third baseman Cody Asche hitting the disabled list with a hamstring injury, top prospect Maikel Franco could be facing a promotion to the majors, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Franco may have been brought up Sunday when Asche was placed on the DL, but the third base prospect is dealing with an upper respiratory illness. He has hit .235/.312/.365 with four home runs and 19 RBI in 170 at-bats with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
|Kris Bryant may seem like the more logical choice here after being named Arizona Fall League MVP in the same year he was drafted second overall, but Maikel Franco rates as the same class of prospect after a breakthrough 2013. And unlike Bryant, he's all but certain to get regular at-bats in the majors at some point in 2014. He has already mastered Double-A, having hit .339 there after a midseason promotion, and clearly has all the strength he needs at age 21. Thirty-homer seasons don't come along regularly in the minors, particularly for players with Franco's bat control. The Phillies already called up Cody Asche to play third base for them last year, seeing as he was ahead of Franco on the organizational ladder and profiles as a major-league regular in his own right. But rest assured, if Franco takes to Triple-A as quickly as he did Double-A, the Phillies will find a way to get him in their lineup, whether by relocating Asche or outright benching him. Ultimately, Franco has the greater say in the franchise's future, after all. Because he isn't as widely known as, say, Miguel Sano, you probably won't have to use a draft pick on him in mixed leagues, but you'll want him in NL-only leagues just in case he forces the Phillies' hand with a hot spring.
(Updated 1/15/14) |
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