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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: 1 | Owned/Started%: 16/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


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.