Maikel Franco
Maikel Franco
26-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Philadelphia Phillies
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
It’s too early to give up on Franco, and we just have to hope the Phillies agree. Sure, his batting average has dropped 25 points each of the last two seasons and 20-something homers isn’t as impressive in today’s landscape, but underlying skills suggest pumping the brakes; there’s room to grow for the 25-year-old. During an era where’s there no shame in striking out, Franco makes contact at an impressive clip just over 80 percent, largely making up for a six percent walk rate. Improving selectivity could boost power, not to mention result in more free passes. A 36.7 percent flyball rate is fine for a power hitter, and a 30.9 percent hard-hit rate is a tick above league average. Where Franco falls short is barrels as he’s below average. However, his exit velocity is above average and studies show it’s easier to change launch angle so barrels could improve. The Phillies could play a middle infielder at the hot corner, but will likely give Franco another chance. You should too. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a $2.95 million deal with the Phillies in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Return three or four days away
3BPhiladelphia Phillies
Neck
September 17, 2018
Franco (neck, shoulder) is three or four days away from returning to the lineup, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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Franco suffered a sore shoulder after falling into the camera well chasing a foul ball back on Sept. 11. He's been hitting in the cage in recent days but will remain sidelined for at least a few more games. His continued absence will open up more at-bats for Scott Kingery and J.P. Crawford at shortstop while Asdrubal Cabrera handles third base.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+30%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .719 417 44 19 60 0 .237 .295 .424
Since 2016vs Right .733 1292 136 52 171 2 .253 .300 .434
2018vs Left .638 118 11 4 18 0 .217 .280 .358
2018vs Right .827 338 36 18 49 1 .285 .322 .505
2017vs Left .657 162 17 7 18 0 .209 .272 .385
2017vs Right .701 461 49 17 58 0 .237 .284 .417
2016vs Left .860 137 16 8 24 0 .286 .336 .524
2016vs Right .698 493 51 17 64 1 .246 .298 .400
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+20%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .696 837 81 34 118 2 .241 .281 .416
Since 2016Away .762 872 99 37 113 0 .257 .315 .447
2018Home .764 215 21 10 30 1 .272 .293 .471
2018Away .794 241 26 12 37 0 .265 .328 .466
2017Home .676 300 29 14 43 0 .214 .270 .406
2017Away .702 323 37 10 33 0 .244 .291 .411
2016Home .669 322 31 10 45 1 .246 .283 .387
2016Away .802 308 36 15 43 0 .264 .331 .471
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Stat Review
How does Maikel Franco compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.45
 
BB Rate
6.1%
 
K Rate
13.6%
 
BABIP
.267
 
ISO
.200
 
AVG
.268
 
OBP
.311
 
SLG
.468
 
OPS
.780
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Expectations were high for the slugger entering 2016. Franco had a solid first half, hitting .269 with 18 homers, but he slumped after the All-Star break. Things were especially bad for Franco in August, when he hit just .224 with three homers. Franco had a tougher time against right-handed pitchers last season. While he did hit 17 of his homers against righties, he also managed just a .698 OPS against same-handed pitching as opposed to the .844 OPS he had against righties in 2015. Franco was also a bit unlucky last season, as he saw his BABIP drop from .298 in 2015 to .273. Although he did see a dip in his walk rate and a tick up in his strikeout rate, neither change is all that alarming at this stage. It is important to remember Franco is just 24 years old, and as he continues to refine his game, he should deliver improved numbers. Franco projects as the Phillies' cleanup hitter this season.
Franco began the year in Triple-A, and while his .355/.384/.539 line was impressive, that slugging percentage was doubles-driven as he hit just four homers in 151 plate appearances. He more than tripled that number with the Phillies, hitting 14 home runs in 335 plate appearances and giving Phillies fans something to be excited about in an otherwise dreadful season. Franco has a half season of major league time under his belt at a time where his age peers are still taking buses in Double-A, and he held his own with a .280/.343/.497 line. He never has walked much, but he’s a high-contact hitter for someone that has his power potential. He’ll see a lot more than 335 plate appearances in 2016, but his home run total may not get too far over 20 as the 14 he hit last season came along with a 16 percent HR/FB ratio. He could be a good four-category producer in 2016.
Franco struggled to adjust in his first three months at the Triple-A level, posting just a .230/.285/.364 batting line in the first half of the season, but a light seemed to go on at the end of June. In the second half of the season, he hit .309/.326/.551 with 10 home runs and earned a promotion to the majors when rosters expanded in September. Franco didn't do much offensively during his month in the majors, but he did show that his defense at third base was major league ready. The Phillies will give him an opportunity to compete for the starting job at third this spring. His upside makes him worth gambling on late in fantasy drafts if he earns a job in camp.
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-A Reading, and led all minor leaguers with 308 total bases. The Phillies believe he can stick at third base, but they also had him take some reps at first base late last season as they look to increase his versatility a bit. Franco will get an invitation to spring training, and has an outside chance at winning the starting job. The Phillies are more likely to open the year with Cody Asche at third, but Franco could get a shot later in the season if Asche fails to produce.
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.
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Remains on bench Monday
3BPhiladelphia Phillies
Neck
September 17, 2018
Franco (neck) is again on the bench Monday against the Mets.
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Still out Sunday
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Neck
September 16, 2018
Franco (neck) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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Out again Saturday
3BPhiladelphia Phillies
Neck
September 15, 2018
Franco (neck, shoulder) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Marlins.
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Absent from Friday's lineup
3BPhiladelphia Phillies
Neck
September 14, 2018
Franco (neck, shoulder) is out of the lineup against the Marlins on Friday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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Held out Wednesday
3BPhiladelphia Phillies
Neck
September 12, 2018
Franco (neck, shoulder) is not in the lineup against the Nationals on Wednesday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
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