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Maikel Franco

21-Year-Old Third Baseman – Philadelphia Phillies

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Franco moved past Jesse Biddle to become the Phillies' top prospect after his breakout 2013 season. He hit .320 with 36 doubles, 31 home runs and 103 RBI in 134 games with High-A Clearwater and Double...

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 180   DOB: 8/26/1992   BORN: Azua, DR   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No  

March 22, 2014  –  Maikel Franco News

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The Phillies assigned Franco to minor league camp Saturday, the team's official site reports.

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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2010 17 R Gul 51 217 194 23 42 14 11 1 2 29 0 0 16 46 1 2 4 .216 .287 .314 .601
2011 18 A Lak 17 67 65 6 8 3 2 0 1 6 0 0 1 15 0 0 1 .123 .149 .200 .349
2011 18 A Wil 54 229 202 19 58 20 17 1 2 38 0 0 25 30 0 1 1 .287 .367 .411 .778
2012 19 A Lak 132 554 503 70 141 49 32 3 14 84 3 1 38 80 0 6 7 .280 .336 .439 .775
2013 20 A+ Cle 65 289 264 42 79 40 23 1 16 52 0 0 20 39 0 3 2 .299 .349 .576 .925
2013 20 AA Rea 69 292 277 47 94 30 13 2 15 51 1 2 10 31 0 3 2 .339 .363 .563 .926
2014 21 AAA Leh 11 45 41 1 4 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 4 10 0 0 0 .098 .178 .122 .300
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2010 17 R Gul 217 194 7.4% 21.2% 0.35 76% .274 .098
2011 18 A Lak 67 65 1.5% 22.4% 0.07 77% .143 .077
2011 18 A Wil 229 202 10.9% 13.1% 0.83 85% .329 .124
2012 19 A Lak 554 503 6.9% 14.4% 0.48 84% .311 .159
2013 20 A+ Cle 289 264 6.9% 13.5% 0.51 85% .301 .277
2013 20 AA Rea 292 277 3.4% 10.6% 0.32 89% .342 .224
2014 21 AAA Leh 45 41 8.9% 22.2% 0.40 76% .129 .024
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Franco has continued to garner praise in camp from coaches and teammates, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "He's going to be special if he doesn't get hurt and continues to progress," bench coach Larry Bowa said. "He'll be one of those guys who makes you go, 'Wow.' "

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Manager Ryne Sandberg has liked what he has seen thus far from Franco in camp, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. "Really good moves at third base, real good glove," said Sandberg. "He has a knack where the harder play it is, the softer [his hands get] -- that's instincts. I've seen him in live [batting practice], having good, quality swings already. He's showing a lot of good stuff."

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Franco will see time at first and third base in 2014, CSN Philadelphia reports.

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The Phillies have invited Franco to spring training, the team's official site reports.

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The Phillies named Franco their 2013 Paul Owens Award winner on offense, the team's official site reports. The award is given to the team's Minor League Player of the Year.

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2013

After a rough start to last season, Franco really turned things on after the All-Star break and finished the year hitting .280/.336/.439 with 32 doubles and 14 home runs for Low-A Lakewood. The power numbers are impressive, especially for someone that played the majority of last season as a 19-year-old in Low-A ball. Franco has one of the highest ceilings in the Phillies' farm system, but is still at least two to three years away from the majors.

2012

Franco signed with the Phillies in 2010 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. He struggled in rookie ball during the 2010 season but had a bit of a break out last season at Short Season Williamsport where he hit .287/.367/.411 with two home runs in 202 at-bats. Franco also saw some limited action for Low-A Lakewood, but struggled there. Scouts say Franco has a high ceiling and his solid eye at the plate in Williamsport (25 walks/30 strikeouts) is a positive sign, but he'll need to show more power in the future to maintain his prospect status.