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Prospects On Deck: 3B Maikel Franco – Phillies

Phillies look to have a big league star in their grasp.

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The Philadelphia Phillies have a prospect in their farm system that is ready to take flight and it may happen in the upcoming 2015 season. This special player is third baseman Maikel Franco.

Franco, a native of Azua, Dominican Republic, was signed by the Phillies as a teenager and at 17 years old he played his first pro season in their Gulf Coast rookie league and in 53 games he batted .222.  In 2011, he moved between Low Class A Williamsport Crosscutters and full season Class A Lakewood BlueClaws and combined he batted .247 in 71 games.

The 2012 season would be the year that Franco would see his stock start to rise as he batted .280, with 32 doubles, 14 home runs, and 84 RBIs in 132 games with the BlueClaws.

In 2013 he was promoted to start the season with Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers and in 65 games he batted .299, with 16 home runs and 52 RBI’s, before moving up to Double A Reading Fightin Phils where he put up an additional 15 home runs and 51 RBI’s while batting .339. He would finish the season batting .320, with 31 home runs and 103 RBI’s.

The 22-year old Franco was rewarded for his rise through the system in 2014 as he started the season with the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs and batted .257 with 33 doubles, 16 home runs and 78 RBI’s.

The Phillies #3 prospect ventured over to the Caribbean Winter League in his native Dominican Republic and during their regular season play he batted .272 with seven home runs and 29 RBI’s in 38 games. He is currently in the league championship with the Gigantes del Cibao against the Estrellas de Oriente, with the winner heading to the upcoming Caribbean Series to be held in Puerto Rico.

After his time with the Caribbean League is over, Franco will head over to the Phillies Spring Camp with a chance to win the third base job. The odds look good in his favor especially if he carries over his hot hitting from winter ball.

(Photo Credit: Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

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David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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