Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/3/13
Maikel Franco waits for a pitch as a newly promoted Reading Fightin Phil. (Photo courtesy of milb.com) As the Philadelphia Phillies are slumping this season, one thing that has not been slumping is their farm system. The Phillies farm system has been making some noise this season from Jesse Biddle in Reading to Andrew Knapp in Williamsport. But one player who has been getting a lot of attention lately is third baseman Maikel Franco, who is now playing for the Phillies Double-A affiliate, the Reading Fightin Phils. Franco has stepped onto the scene slowly as many Phillies fans were wondering about when is Cody Asche going to be with the big league club. Franco has seen his numbers go up tremendously since signing with the Phillies back on January 13, 2010. Now you might be asking yourself, why should we care about Franco since he is only in Reading?  That’s a good question as I said his numbers has gotten tremendously better and he finally took off in 2012 with the Lakewood Blue Claws of the South Atlantic League. That season in Lakewood, Franco hit 14 home runs, drove in 84 RBI, while batting .280 in 132 games. He also had that year a .336 on base percentage and .439 slugging percentage. This season, those numbers from 2012 would go up again. Franco would begin the season in Clearwater with the Threshers and there he finally started to make a name for himself. From that point on Phillies fans would start to take notice of the 21 year old’s power and overall skills. In 65 games with Clearwater, Franco had hit 16 home runs, drove in 52 RBI and batting .299. Also his on base percentage and slugging percentage would increase to .349 and .576. With those kind of numbers, he deserved a call up to Reading and that’s what happened. Right now, Franco is batting .418 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 13 games so far with the Fightin Phils. With that being said, I will not say that Maikel Franco is going to be the next Ryan Howard because let’s face it not many of those types of players come around that often. I see Franco having a Domonic Brown type of power in which you can consistently get 20-25 home runs from him. But for me to make that statement is just me going off of Domonic Brown’s season so far. You have to see how Brown plays in the future and beyond. It is great to see a young power hitter at the hot corner for the Phillies because they definitely need one and Franco solves their problem. Michael Young is currently playing third for the big league club but if the Phillies fall out of contention, Ruben Amaro Jr. might end up trading him, which opens up the possibility of Freddy Galvis, Cody Asche, or Maikel Franco getting playing time. Out of those three players, Franco is a long shot to be with the big league as he is very young but has pop in his bat. It will be interesting to see how the career of Maikel Franco turns out as he has a lot of potential to be a star in the majors. He has already started that journey to stardom as him and his teammate Jesse Biddle have been selected to play in the Futures Game at Citi Field in New York City. If you don’t know the Futures Game is where the best players across the minor leagues come together and play in an All-Star game. Hopefully, in this game Franco plays good enough and could open up eyes in the Phillies organization to push them to maybe promote him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. But if that does not work, Franco could definitely be a September call-up once rosters expand so he can get a taste of being a major league player. Until then, the 21 year old third base prospect is slowly developing into one of the next great power hitters to come up in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Related articles Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown should be an all-star  The future for the Philadelphia Phillies begins now
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Was firing Jeff Hornacek the wrong move for the Suns?

Panthers picked wrong day to play worst game of the season

Was Peyton Manning paid for Budweiser mentions?

Cam Newton walks out of postgame press conference

Eli did not look thrilled after Peyton locked up Super Bowl

Rick Reilly sends awkward tweet during Super Bowl 50

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Peyton Manning gives Papa John a kiss after game

Panthers' Josh Norman crying after losing Super Bowl

Peyton Manning ‘going to drink a lot of Budweiser’ after win

Where Peyton Manning ranks among Super Bowl era QBs

Peyton Manning declines to comment on possible retirement

Mike Carey not heard from again after being wrong earlier

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Aqib Talib wipes out on NFL Network

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Five biggest boneheaded plays of Super Bowl 50

WATCH: Cam Newton gives questionable effort to recover fumble

Lions say Calvin Johnson's future still not determined

How Louisville basketball bungled their self-imposed ban

Ted Ginn Jr. whiffs on football twice on one play, results in Panthers turnover

Kony Ealy makes one-handed interception of Peyton Manning

Mike Carey gets another call wrong on incomplete pass in SB

Steph Curry beats Panthers' "Keep Pounding" drum

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

WATCH: Panthers' Jonathan Stewart leaps over pile for TD

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker