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74 Maikel Franco 3B
Height/Weight: 6-1/180 | Birthdate: 8/26/1992 | Birthplace: Azua, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Philadelphia | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 22/0 | Average Draft Position: 249.54
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Maikel Franco one of three sent down by Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) The Phillies have reassigned third baseman Maikel Franco, outfielder Clete Thomas and right-hander Sean O'Sullivan to minor league camp.

Franco entered camp competing with Cody Asche for the starting job, but was outplayed and hit under .200 in exhibition play to punch his ticket to the minors.


Maikel Franco out with flu


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco left camp Friday due to the flu, MLB.com reports. He is 7 for 38 with two walks this spring.

Maikel Franco opens eyes of manager


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Ryne Sandberg is particularly impressed with third base prospect Maikel Franco, who has been tearing it up for the Phillies early in spring training.

"He's getting some good rips at live pitching," Sandberg told CSNPhilly.com. "I just like the way he uses the whole field. He's not a one-way type of hitter. He does the situational things very well. He has good basic mechanics and fundamentals that allow him to cover the whole plate and use the whole field."

Fellow prospect Cody Asche entered camp as the favorite to land the starting job at third base, but Franco has become a threat despite not having advanced past Double-A ball.


Starting third base job up for grabs in Philadelphia


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Ryne Sandberg is throwing third base up for competition between Phillies prospects Cody Asche and Maikel Franco, the Philadelphia Daily News has reported.

Asche is the only one with major league experience. He batted .233 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 162 at-bats at the end of last season. He remains the favorite to land the starting job.

The 21-year-old Franco has not played above Double-A, but he was highly productive at Reading in 2013, batting .339 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI in just 277 at-bats. He blasted 36 home runs in Class A and AA combined.


Phillies GM hoping for 'great competition' at 3B this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) Cody Asche is considered the lead candidate to win the third-base job this spring for the Phillies after playing well enough following his promotion to the majors last season.

However, Asche knows the pressure will be on to perform with top prospect Maikel Franco in camp looking to earn his way into the starting lineup.

"I don’t look at it as it’s my job to lose," Asche said, per CSNPhilly.com. "I look at it as it’s a spot I need to get. I put it on myself to make the decision easy for them."

One person who is looking forward to the competiton is Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

"I frankly hope there is a great competition in spring training between Maikel and Cody," Amaro Jr. said. "That can create a heck of a situation for us. They’re both very, very good young players."


Phils considering more time at Double-A for top prospects?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) While it appears Maikel Franco and Jesse Biddle -- the Phillies' top two prospects, according to Baseball America -- are ready for Triple-A -- perhaps even the major leagues -- minor-league director Joe Jordan hasn't ruled out having both players open the season at Double-A.

"I really believe that both guys are future major league players, and good ones, and I think there's an argument for both guys to start the year back in Reading," Jordan told The Morning Call. "We're not going to push either guy but we'll be honest with ourselves and them, and if we feel like the best level to get the challenge they need is at Lehigh Valley, then let's go."

Jordan particularly seems interested in having Biddle open the year with Reading after the left-hander walked 5.3 batters per nine innings in 27 starts last season for the Double-A affiliate. 

"Start there and finish the year at Triple-A and see what happens," Jordan said.


Jesse Biddle, Maikel Franco among spring invites


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) The Phillies announced Wednesday they invited five players to spring training as non-roster invitees. They are pitchers Jesse Biddle, Mario Hollands and Ken Giles, third baseman Maikel Franco and catcher Sebastian Valle.

Biddle and Franco are considered the team's two top prospects by Baseball America.


Maikel Franco learning a new position


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco made his first career start at first base Saturday for Double-A Reading. Franco is expected to play regularly at first base down the stretch.

"It's just to give him another position he could go to," assistant general manager Benny Looper said, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. "His bat is coming quick, it looks like. He's probably going to be limited to third or first. He's never played first, so we wanted to break him in and see if that's a possibility."

The Phillies are trying Franco at a different position because some scouts are skeptical about his foot speed at third base.

"It's surprising how good he is [at third], because he can't run," Looper said. "But there have been a lot of third basemen who could not run. Brooks Robinson was one. He has a great arm. His range is less than adequate. He's pretty good on slow rollers. I think he could be a major-league third baseman."


Maikel Franco a candidate for starting job next spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Wednesday not to expect to see third base prospect Maikel Franco in the majors this season. However, general manager Ruben Amaro said he wouldn't close the door on Franco being a candidate to win the starting third base job next spring.

Phillies have options if Michael Young is traded


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2013) Phillies third baseman Michael Young's name has come up plenty in trade rumors. His status definitely could have an impact on third-base prospect Cody Asche, who is enjoying a strong campaign for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Asche, who is ranked by MLB.com as the Phillies' ninth-best prospect, is batting .288 with a .453 slugging percentage and .802 OPS in 93 games. He has four triples, 10 home runs, 11 stolen bases, 21 doubles and 56 RBI. He's committed 11 errors and has a .955 fielding percentage.

The Phillies are still trying to decide whether to be sellers at the July 31 trade deadline. If they still want to make a run at the postseason, they would likely keep Young for his veteran presence in the clubhouse. If he is dealt, then it opens the door for Asche's arrival.

Though if Young is dealt, I would personally like to see the Phillies promote Maikel Franco, who is at Double-A Reading. Franco has the higher upside than Asche and is having a monster year. If the Phillies put up the white flag, why not give Franco a taste of the majors before he competes for a roster spot next spring?


Maikel Franco performing even better at Double-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2013) Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco has made a seamless transition from high Class A Clearwater to Double-A Reading. Franco is batting .413 (31 for 75) with a .421 on-base percentage, .707 slugging percentage and 1.128 OPS in 18 games since his promotion.

Franco also has two triples, three doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI for Reading. For the season, Franco is batting .324 with a .364 on-base percentage, .605 slugging percentage and .969 OPS in 83 games.


Phillies promote Maikel Franco to Double-A


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2013) The Phillies have promoted third base prospect Maikel Franco to Double-A Reading, Baseball America reports.

Franco, 20, dominated at high Class A Clearwater, where he hit .299/.349/.576 with 16 home runs in just 65 games. With the Phillies lacking an obvious long-term third baseman -- Michael Young is 36 years old and on an expiring contract -- Franco's stock will be worth watching closely as the Phillies look to fill the hot corner.


Maikel Franco close to Double-A promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2013) Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco had quite the first half for Class A Clearwater. He hit .296 with a .568 slugging percentage, .912 OPS, 15 home runs, 23 doubles and 49 RBI in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League.

His strong first half likely means he will be on the move to Double-A Reading shortly, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Franco entered the season as the Phillies' 11th-best prospect, according to MLB.com.

"We'll have some things like that going on," director of player development Joe Jordan said when asked about Franco's potential promotion to Reading.