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September 2, 2014

The Call-Up

Maikel Franco

by Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre


The Situation: Despite the shine of a Labor Day no-hitter, the Phillies season has quickly slipped away, so as a result it is time to see what the kids can do. Ranked as the Phillies top prospect entering the season, Franco has overcome a miserable start to the season and is now hitting .257 with 16 home runs and 32 doubles.

Background: Franco has been on the radar since signing as a teenager, but his breakout came as a 19-year old in the South Atlantic League in 2012, as he posted a .280 average, 32 doubles, 14 home runs and drove in 84. Franco’s arrival continued with a monster 2013 season that started with a .299/.349/.576 line in 65 games at High-A. He followed that up with an even more impressive .339/.363/.563 line in his first taste of the upper levels in the second half. After hitting just .209 through the first three months of the 2014 campaign, Franco has righted the ship with a .324 average and a .579 slugging percentage since the start of July.

Scouting Report: Franco likes to swing and swing hard. He is an aggressive hitter who steps into the box with an intent to swing early and often. He doesn’t wait around to recognize pitches or find one he can drive, but his exceptional hand-eye coordination allows him to barrel balls even when his timing is off. Despite good bat speed, Franco can get long to and through the zone, and the noise in his swing will always leave him vulnerable to swing-and-miss issues.

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