Powerful Dominican third baseman Maikel Franco has shown great progress during his time as a pro. A highly touted player, Franco is an individual that Phils fans should be getting excited about as he climbs the developmental ladder.
Signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies in 2010 at the age of 17, Franco would make his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Phillies that same year. He posted respectable numbers for his age, with a line of.222/.292/.330 in 51 games.
A year later, the righty hitting Franco began the season in extended spring training and later competed with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters. Franco looked great against New York-Penn League competition, posting two home runs, 28 RBI and a .274/.339/.389 line in 42 games before earning a promotion to Class A Lakewood.
In the South Atlantic League, at the age of 18, the baby-faced Franco struggled quite a bit. In 17 contests for the BlueClaws, Franco went 8-for-67 (.123 avg) and racked up an aw...