21-Year-Old Third Baseman – Philadelphia Phillies
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
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...
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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2014 Projected Stats Breakdown for Maikel Franco
2014 projections compared to top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)
2014 projections compared to top 40 third basemen in 2013 (min 250 PA)
Philadelphia Phillies Roster
MajorsAdams, Mike (P)
AAAAumont, Phillippe (P)
AAAltherr, Aaron (OF)
A+Inch, Steven (P)
ACharles, Art (1B)
RookieEncarnacion, Luis (3B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.
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.