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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%: 60/35 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


Cody Asche wrapping up Phillies' third base job


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Barring any unforseen circumstances, Cody Asche will win the Phillies' third base job. 

The Phillies sent Maikel Franco to their minor league camp on Friday, eliminating Asche's competition for the starting job.

Asche made a statement of his own later in the day, hitting a home run for the second straight game.

"I think he's one of our more solid hitters as we speak," manager Ryne Sandberg said, per MLB.com's Adam Berry.


Phillies GM Ruben Amaro: Maikel Franco's time is going to come


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Phillies optioned prospect Maikel Franco to the minors Friday after he struggled during his stint in major-league camp. Franco hit just .200 (6 for 30) with one RBI, four strikeouts and no extra-base hits.

Franco entered camp with the opportunity to push third baseman Cody Asche for a job on the major-league roster, per MLB.com.

"Maikel's time's going to come," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "I know he's upset, because I know that he probably wanted to write a different script for himself, but the fact of the matter is just like any other young player who we feel is going to impact the major leagues, his time will come when it's time for him to come.

"I think there was probably some element of him trying to do a little too much, like he did last spring. But he doesn't need to impress us. He just needs to go play."

Franco will play at first and third base for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

"When he gets a chance to be back in the big leagues, play a few games and have some success, it'll carry," Amaro said. "It's just a matter of him getting the opportunity, and he'll get the opportunity, because he's going to create it for himself."


Franco's hopes of making Phillies' roster end, sent to minors camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Phillies announced Friday they reassigned third baseman Maikel Franco, pitcher Nefi Ogando and pitcher Joely Rodriguez to minor-league camp.

Phillies' Sandberg: Maikel Franco 'has struggled' this spring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg spoke about the struggles of third-base prospect Maikel Franco before Thursday's game against the Yankees, MLB.com reports.

"I don't know if there's something about big league camp or what, but after a very good winter ball of swinging the bat, he's struggled," Sandberg said. "He's struggled this spring as far as having consistent at-bats, having a good approach and putting together good at-bats. It's been a struggle with him. He looks like he's trying to do too much. He looks like he's over-swinging. He's definitely talked about it on a daily basis, so all in all, it's been a little bit of struggle for him."

Sandberg doesn't chalk up the prospect's struggles to being tired.

"He doesn't show tiredness," Sandberg said. "It's more about just cutting down the swing and looking for solid contact, making that a goal rather than some power and home runs. I just wonder if he's looking for too much too soon. Early in camp, it's more about fine-tuning your swing and having a good approach and having good, solid contact. That's more of the approach that's being talked to him about."

Franco is just 6 for 27 this spring after posting a .265 batting average and .779 OPS in 43 games during winter-league ball.


Phillies' Ryne Sandberg: Maikel Franco is overswinging


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Phillies outfielder Maikel Franco struggled again on Saturday, going 0 for 3 and dropping his spring batting average to .182. Franco isn't giving Cody Asche the push at third base manager Ryne Sandberg was expecting, reports Philly.com.

"For him to break into the league, he needs to hit for an average and use the whole field, in my opinion," Sandberg said. "That's what has been talked about with him. He looks like he's overswinging."

Sanderberg is seeing the same issues that led to Franco's struggles last year.

"He needs to make some adjustments," Sandberg said. "I saw some of the same approaches and same swings last year in September."


Phillies 3B Maikel Franco undergoes root canal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Phillies third-base prospect Maikel Franco left the ballpark Tuesday to undergo a root canal, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Franco is battling to make the team's opening-day roster this spring. He is 3 of 15 in six games thus far.


Phillies' Maikel Franco gearing up to make run at opening day roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) In mid-January, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated "in a perfect world" prospect Maikel Franco would start the season at Triple-A.

Franco told MLB.com he is unsure about where he will open the season, but he is hoping to make a strong enough impression during spring training to break camp with the team.

"[The Phillies] have not said much to me about opening day or my status. I just have to show up and do what I have to do and let them make that decision," Franco said. "I hope everything works out for me, I stay healthy and give the best that I can.

"I know it's been a long season, but you have to work hard and prepare physically and mentally with spring training coming up soon. I'm trying to do the best work I can do to make sure everything turns out fine."


Phillies GM: 'In a perfect world,' Franco would begin season in minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday that "in a perfect world," infielder Maikel Franco would begin the season in Lehigh Valley.

Amaro indicated that Franco will "be bounced around a little bit, and we'll see if he's ready to help us at the big-league level,"

"He may not be. I think in a perfect world he starts in Triple-A and continues to progress there and then we bring him when he's ready. But we'll see. Hopefully he creates some competition for (Cody) Asche and pushes him a little bit."

With an eye on the future, Philadelphia would get an extra year before Franco eventually hit free agency, if he spends the first month and a half of the season in the minors.

"This will be an interesting spring training for him," Amaro said. "He had a great year coming into last year's spring training, and I think he pressed a little bit. I think it was a new experience for him, to be in big-league camp, trying to hit a lot of home runs and trying to do a lot of things. But it will be interesting to see how he handles this experience. He's not a lock for our team, but he'll be competing."


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.