The Best and Worst of Maikel Franco

Maikel Franco had one of the better games in baseball Tuesday. Facing the Diamondbacks, he came up in the third inning and doubled, and then he came up in the fifth inning and homered. It’s extraordinarily difficult to have a bad game when you hit a home run. It’s almost impossible to have a bad game when you homer and double. The Phillies would take that performance eight days...
Via Fangraphs
June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Preseason Primaries: Maikel Franco

For some, 2016 Spring Training marks the start of a brand new Major League Baseball season. For others, this time of year marks the height of the presidential primary elections. While many pontificate over who is best suited to lead the country, The Sports Fan Journal fam decided to take a look at which player, manager, or front office member is the best candidate to lead their team...
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March 15, 2016  |  Discuss

The Most Sensible Maikel Franco Adjustment

Overreaction season is underway. Each year, it starts sometime around mid-March, and lasts until… anyone have the date? Last Monday of May? No, that’s Memorial Day. This is embarrassing; I’m drawing a blank here. If anyone has this year’s date for the end of Overreaction Season, let me know. It lasts well into the regular season — I know that much — and I know that it’s...
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March 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Franco shows power as Phillies tie Detroit

Maikel Franco, image- Jay Floyd In a contest that ended in a 6-6 tie on Thursday, third baseman Maikel Franco continued his hot spring for the Phillies with a pair of home runs and four RBI against the Tigers in Clearwater. Franco got the scoring started in the bottom of the 1st inning when he launched a two-run blast off of starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.  With Zimmermann...
Via Phillies Nation
March 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Phillies lose top scout who signed Maikel Franco to Cleveland Indians

Embed from Getty Images The Phillies have several prospects right now to credit to Koby Perez, who served as an international scout for the Phillies. The biggest name of the list, which includes Hector Neris, Lisalverto Bonilla, and Domingo Santana, would be Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco. Perez also signed...
Via Philliedelphia
January 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant, Maikel Franco file service time grievances

It started on Sunday with the news trickling out that Jonathan Papelbon had filed a grievance against the Nationals for his suspension following the September dugout fight with Bryce Harper. It continued on Monday when it was reported that Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Maikel Franco of the Phillies filed grievances against their respective teams due to their teams keeping them in...
Via The Outside Corner
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Player Review: Maikel Franco

(Via It meant nothing, this Oct. 3 game between the Phillies and Marlins. The Phillies were close to sewing up the notorious title of “worst team in baseball,” and playing in the second game of a doubleheader, only needed one loss. What didn’t mean nothing was this plate appearance for Maikel Franco. The rookie third baseman who assumed his spot as a future cornerstone...
Via Phillies Nation
October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Franco to rejoin Phillies for final series

The Phillies will get Maikel Franco back in time for this weekend’s series in Philadelphia against the Miami Marlins, according to Daily News beat writer Ryan Lawrence. Maikel Franco set to rejoin Phillies on Thursday and be available to play this weekend. He’s been feeling better, obviously. — Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) September 29, 2015 Franco has been sidelined with...
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Franco likely not returning in 2015; Brown’s time in Philly over?

After interim manager Pete Mackanin stated that there was a “real good chance” that Maikel Franco would return to the Phillies’ starting lineup before the end of the 2015 season, it now looks like there’s a real good chance that he won’t. Before Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets, the rookie took swings for the first time since suffering the injury, and felt discomfort...
Via Phillies Nation
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Is Maikel Francos’ year done?

Maikel Franco has been one of the only beacons of hope in this lost season for the Philadelphia Phillies. Since being called up, Franco is batting .277 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs. The 22-year old has been in the conversation for rookie of the year and appears to be a rising star for this Phillies team. However after recently being placed on the DL for a wrist injury, it is uncertain...
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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