Franco Is Coming

Maikel FrancoThe Phillies’ third baseman of the future is on his way.

The Phillies announced this morning they have recalled Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Franco is the No. 54 prospect in baseball, according to MLBPipeline.com. He is expected to be at third base tonight for the Phillies’ series opener against Arizona at Citizens Bank Park.

Franco’s arrival became imminent Monday, when the Phillies optioned third baseman Cody Asche to Triple-A, where is learning to become a left fielder.

Franco, 22, hit .355 (50-for-141) with 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 24 RBIs and a .923 OPS in 33 games with the IronPigs.

He has played well, but he also needed to spend 40 days in the Minor Leagues this season to avoid becoming eligible for free agency following the 2020 season. The 40th day was yesterday. By calling up Franco today, he can become a free agent following the 2021 season.

That was an important consideration for a rebuilding team.

“This was a baseball decision based on Maikel’s development and performance,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “We believe he is ready for the next step.”

The Phillies will make a corresponding roster move before tonight’s game. They currently have one extra relief pitcher on the roster.

5 Comments

If only Dom Brown would follow suit & become a productive everyday player.

Imagine Brown, Franco, and Asche producing in the lineup. Might actually win some games.

It’s OK rube, you don’t have to lie, we all understand the contract situation. You can’t even give yourself credit for a smart move because you’re not sure how everyone will take it, and that’s not a good thing for a gm.

phillies had that game , why didnt sandberg use giles in stead of defretes every time deekmen pitches he gives up two runs, our pitcher ,Harang) gave up no runs but lost game , couldnt ruis done better with bases loaded and 1 out , its like sandberg wants to lose

franco is playing better than anyone on the team, yay franco

If only he would swing a bit easier. He swings so hard, you wonder how he hits the ball at all.

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