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7 Maikel Franco 3B
Height/Weight: 6-1/213 | Birthdate: 8/26/1992 | Birthplace: Azua, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Philadelphia | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 92/85 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Phillies 3B Maikel Franco records three hits, two RBI in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco went 3 for 4 with three doubles and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.

Franco is hitting a whopping .392 with 20 hits, five doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI over his last 12 games.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco gets three RBI in win over Nationals


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco came up big for his team during their win over the Nationals on Sunday.

Franco went 2 for 5 with three RBI in the game. An infield single in the second inning helped Franco record his first RBI of the game. Franco later singled to center and brought two more runs across the plate.

Franco is hitting .441 with 15 hits, three home runs and 14 RBI over his last eight games.


Phillies Maikel Franco drives in five runs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Phillies rookie Maikel Franco changed positions, but it didn't have an impact at the plate.

Franco got his first start of the season at first base on Tuesday--he started two there last year. He hit a three-run home run and drove in five runs on the day as the Phillies beat the Yankees. 

Franco went 2 for 3 with a walk. He hit his tenth homer of the year and added his ninth double. 

Franco now has 29 RBI. 


Philles' Maikel Franco starting at first base on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/23/2015) Phillies rookie Maikel Franco will make his first start at first base on Tuesday against the Yankees. Franco, who is typically the third baseman for the Phillies, started two games at first base last year and made four more appearances there in the minor leagues this season.

With the team playing in an American League ballpark, Ryan Howard is being deployed as the designated hitter, opening up a spot for Franco to move across the diamond. 


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco has monster game in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco collected two home runs during Monday night's 11-8 win over the Yankees. 

Franco got started early with a solo shot in the first inning before getting his second in the sixth inning on a two-run bomb. He finished the game 4 for 5 with five RBI and three runs scored. Franco has been hot at the plate lately, hitting .385 from the plate over his past 10 games. 

For the season, Franco's slash line sits at .312/.353/.574. 


Maikel Franco gets three hits for Phillies


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco went 3 for 5 in Sunday's win over St. Louis. Franco has three multi-hit games in a row and is 7 for his last 13. 

Franco doubled, his eighth, and drove in his 19th run of the season. 


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco hits seventh home run of year in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco hit his seventh home run of the season in Tuesday night’s 19-3 blowout loss to the Orioles.

Franco hit a two-run shot off of Chris Tillman in the sixth inning. It was good for Franco but it didn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things with how the Orioles were able to rock the Phillies pitchers early and often. 

Franco has now hit five of his seven home runs in the month of June and holds a .274/.315/.530 slash line.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco extends hit streak to 10 games


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco extended his hitting streak to 10 games during Friday's 1-0 loss to the Pirates.

Franco went 1 for 4 with a walk. During his hit streak, Franco is batting .425 with four home runs and eight RBI.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco picks up 3 hits in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco went 3 for 4 in Monday night's 6-4 loss to the Reds. 

Franco hit three singles in the game and improved his hitting streak to seven in a row. In that span, he's hitting .448. For the season, Franco has a slash line of .275/.305/.549.


Sandberg happy with approach of Phillies 3B Maikel Franco


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Ryne Sandberg is impressed that emerging Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco now has six home runs in 87 at-bats, including four in the last six games.

But the manager is more impressed with the swing and approach that has gotten it done.

"This is the first tme I have seen what he can do on the power side of things," Sandberg told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I have seen him stay under control instead of having too big a swing."

Franco hit .179 with no home runs in 56 at-bats during after a September promotion in 2014. But now he has his slugging percentage up to .529.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco slams sixth home run of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/7/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco's bat has been on fire as of late. He continued the hot streak in his team's 6-4 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Franco went 2 for 4 with a home run (6), an RBI and two runs scored.

In his last six games, Franco is hitting .400 with four home runs and eight RBI.


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco blasts fifth home run in loss on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Phillies rookie third baseman Maikel Franco stayed hot at the plate in Friday's loss to the Giants. Franco went 2 for 4 including his fifth home run of the season. His solo shot in the sixth inning tied the game at four, but the Giants were able to pick up the 5-4 victory.

Franco has been hitting well since the calendar turned to June. He has now homered in three of four games and is batting over .400 this month. 

"I feel pretty good right now," said Franco, per MLB.com. "I'm trying to make good contact. I was looking for a slider there because I know he throws soft. I was just looking for everything because the fastball was 86, 88 mph. I'm pretty feeling comfortable right now."


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco hits clutch HR in ninth inning


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco blasted his fourth home run of the season in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Reds. 

Franco hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game up at 4-4. The Phillies would go on to win in 11 innings. Franco finished the game 2 for 5 with three RBI. He now has a slash line of .225/.267/.451. 


Maikel Franco hits game-tying homer in Phillies' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to tie Tuesday's game against Cincinnati. 

Franco went 2 for 4 with a double, his second. He drove in his tenth run and hit his third homer. 


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco goes yard on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Phillies rookie third baseman Maikel Franco launched his second home run of the season in the 8-1 win over the Nationals on Saturday. Franco's two-run bomb came off of Stephen Strasburg in the third inning, giving the Phillies an early 4-0 lead.

"I'm just trying to see a good pitch to hit," Franco said, per MLB.com. "He threw me a couple fastballs the first AB, and I was just ready for the fastball. He threw me one there, and I made good contact."

Franco, who also chipped in a single in four at-bats, is now hitting .286 through his first 35 at-bats this year. He has hit safely in all but three games so far. 


Phillies' Maikel Franco plates three runs in loss to Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Phillies rookie third baseman Maikel Franco drove in a career-high three runs in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies.

Franco singled in a run in the third and singled in two more in eighth to tie the game before Nick Hundley launched a solo home run to give Colorado a 6-5 victory. Franco added a double and finished 3 for 4 with a run scored and three RBI. He is hitting .350 (7 for 20) with one home run, five RBI and a .381 on-base percentage this season.

"It's good to see what he's doing with the bat," manager Ryne Sandberg said, per Philly.com. "This was a big game for him. It's something he can feel comfortable with. He's a right-handed bat for us, so a needed guy in the lineup. So far, so good."


Phillies' Sandberg says rookie Franco needs to adjust to pitchers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg says rookie third baseman Maikel Franco will need to make adjustments at the plate as he moves along this season. Sandberg wants Franco to "think about average first, and power second", he told MLB Network Radio.

The young Franco has four hits in his first 16 at-bats this season, including a home run and a triple. He's also struck out three times and walked once since he was promoted.

He certainly had batting average as his priority at Triple-A this season, as he was hitting .355 in 33 games prior to his recent call-up.


Phillies' Maikel Franco blasts first major-league home run


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco went 2 for 4 at the plate in Philadelphia's 6-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Franco got things started in the sixth inning when he ripped a triple to deep center field, scoring a run, his first triple of the season. Then in the eighth, Franco blasted a Randall Delgado pitch over the left field wall for a solo home run, his first in his career.

Franco is now hitting .250 with two RBI in 12 at-bats this season.

"I see him settling in," manager Ryne Sandberg said to Philly.com. "It's great to see him swing the bat and connect. Maybe getting the home run out of the way might go a long way with him, not thinking about a home run but getting quality at-bats."


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco starts at third, bats fifth in season debut


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Phillies rookie Maikel Franco is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks. The top prospect is batting fifth and playing third base in his season debut.

The Phillies are expecting big things from Franco as he looks to be a mainstay in the lineup for the next several years. 


Phillies officially promote prospect Maikel Franco on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Phillies third-base prospect Maikel Franco was officially recalled from Triple-A, the team announced on Friday. Franco was hitting .355 with four home runs, 12 doubles and 24 RBI in 33 games for Lehigh Valley this season. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. believes Franco is ready for the big leagues, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"This was a baseball decision based on Maikel's development and performance. We believe he is ready for the next step."

Franco had a brief stint in the majors at the end of 2014, collecting 10 hits in his first 56 at-bats with the Phillies. He will likely be in the starting lineup on Friday when the Phillies take on the Diamondbacks.

The team will announce a corresponding move on the 25-man roster later on Friday. 


Phillies send 3B Cody Asche to minors to work in outfield


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) The Phillies assigned infielder Cody Asche to the minor leagues so he can receive work in left field, the team announced.

"Going forward as an organization it's better for me to play left field so I've got to go do that," he said, per The News Journal

Asche has been spending time before games taking fly balls in the outfield. He is hitting .235 in 102 at-bats this season.

The Phillies are expected to call up third baseman Maikel Franco to replace Asche on the roster, reports CSNPhilly.com. Franco is hitting .341 with four home runs in the minors. 


Phillies prospect Maikel Franco close to getting called up


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco is showing signs of being ready for the big leagues. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said on Monday he is getting close to a promotion, according to MLB.com.

Franco, who is hitting .336 with 17 RBI in 125 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, is expected to play at third base the majority of the time when he is finally called up, according to Amaro.


Phillies' Asche working in LF a precursor to Franco promotion?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Phillies third baseman Cody Asche was chasing down fly balls in left field during batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.

“I wanted him to do it,” manager Ryne Sandberg told CSNPhilly.com. “It could be helpful down the road adding versatility.”

Asche was introduced to playing in the outfield in February before he stopped workouts to focus on getting ready to be the team's starting third baseman. However, now that his workouts in the outfield has resumed, it could be to clear a path for Philadelphia to promote third-base prospect Maikel Franco, who is off to a good start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley (.333/.371/.512/.883).

“We’re covering all bases, preparing for situations that could arise,” he said.


Phillies don't appear to be in rush to promote Maikel Franco


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco is certainly on the radar for a promotion to the majors, as he has begun the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with a .355/.403/.565/.968 slash line through 14 games.

However, it doesn't appear the Phillies are in a rush to promote the 22-year-old infielder, per MLB.com.

"We'll see," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Friday, when asked if he could see Franco sooner rather than later. "There hasn't been much talk about him."


Phillies' Maikel Franco working on plate patience


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Phillies third-base prospect Maikel Franco is working to contain his energy at the plate and become a more patient hitter, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"You have to be aggressive. But you have to take your pitches and get that one, good pitch to hit," Franco said. "And that's what I do. When I go out there, I try to relax and everything will happen."

Director of player development Joe Jordan said after watching the prospect this week that Franco has to become more patient at the plate.

"He's still a 22-year-old hitter," Jordan said. "At times, he gets excited still. But that's all stuff that's going to change with experience and maturity."

While Franco struggled to put up stats early last season, his aggressiveness has paid off this April. He has hit .385/.442/.667 with one home run, seven RBI and four walks in 39 at-bats with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.