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7 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: 1 | Owned/Started%: 22/4 | Average Draft Position: 246.87
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Maikel Franco moved to No. 2 spot in order


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Phillies infielder Maikel Franco started his third game in a row Tuesday against the Pirates, and has been moved up to second in the lineup in the absence of Jimmy Rollins.

Franco has now started four of the last five games and five of seven since being recalled at the start of the month. He is 2 for 15 with two RBI so far. 


At-bats the key to Maikel Franco's value


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/3/2014) As I pointed out in my latest blog post profiling several of the more notable September callups, the biggest impediment to Maikel Franco's playing time is Cody Asche, who was back in the starting lineup Wednesday against right-hander Ervin Santana. Franco made his major-league debut against a left-hander Tuesday. Asche bats left-handed. Franco bats right-handed. We've seen this act before.

We've also seen enough of Asche by now to know he's not going to make a worthwhile Fantasy contribution down the stretch, whether he's starting against righties, lefties or both. Meanwhile, the upside for the 22-year-old Franco is enormous. If you can't tell from his Triple-A numbers, keep in mind they were skewed by a dreadful slump to begin the year. In his last 199 at-bats, he hit .357 with 11 home runs.

Those numbers are basically in line with what he did between high Class A and Double-A last season. And the most encouraging part is that, for all the power he offers, he has never struck out more than 81 times in a minor-league season.

If he can wrestle full-time at-bats away from Asche, he could make an impact at what's still considered to be a weak position. Keep an eye on the situation.


Phillies announce September roster moves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Phillies announced their September callups on Monday.

Before announcing the moves, Philadelphia transferred pitcher Cliff Lee to the 60-day DL to create room on the 40-man roster. The team recalled infielder Cesar Hernandez, catcher Cameron Rupp and right-handed pitchers Luis Garcia and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Additionally, the team purchased the contracts of infielder Maikel Franco and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.. Right-hander Mike Adams was also activated off the disabled list.


Report: Maikel Franco to be promoted Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Phillies are expected to promote third baseman Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Franco is slashing .257/.298/.427 with 32 doubles, four triples, 16 homers and 78 RBI over 518 at-bats for the IronPigs.

Maikel Franco possible September call-up for Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Phillies are open to promoting third baseman Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in September, per MLB.com.

Franco has been tearing it up at that level after a slow start with a .338 average, 11 doubles, five home runs and 28 RBI in 33 games since June.

He will certainly not be the only minor leaguer getting a look down the stretch for a team that has fallen out of contention. "We'll probably have about five or six guys," said general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. "I'm not really sure how many, but we're kicking some names around."


Maikel Franco unlikely to be recalled in August


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco is unlikely to join the big-league team before rosters expand in September, MLB.com reports.

"He's putting together some at-bats and some weeks of good contact and some better at-bats," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Definitely steps in the right direction. If the case would be for him to come here, the best scenario would be with a lot of confidence and with positive results."

Franco got out to a slow start this season, but he has three home runs while hitting .325/.357/.600 over his last 10 games.


Maikel Franco 'isn't pushing' Cody Asche off third base just yet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) The Phillies feel third baseman Cody Asche could make the switch to another position once prospect Maikel Franco is ready to take over at the hot corner. However, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team isn't at that crossroad yet since they don't see Franco as being ready for the majors, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"He could," Amaro Jr. said of a position switch for Asche. "He's athletic enough. But there is not anyone pushing him right now. Maikel isn't pushing him."


Maikel Franco starting to hit - could promotion be coming?


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) 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
(5/28/2014) 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
(5/27/2014) 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
(5/27/2014) 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
(5/25/2014) 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.


Cold weather to blame for Maikel Franco's chilly start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco is off to a brutal start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The highly touted prospect is batting just .134 with no home runs through 18 games.

Franco, who hit .320 with 31 home runs and 103 RBI in 2013, has just two doubles, four RBI and five runs. He also has 16 strikeouts and six walks.

On Monday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro hinted Franco's slow start has to do with the chilly weather in Philadelphia.

"He hasn't played in the cold weather all that much," Amaro said, per The Philadelphia Daily News. "He had a poor start at (Class A) Lakewood, and then got hot."


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.