Maikel Franco
Maikel Franco
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Philadelphia Phillies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Franco probably saved his Phillies career (and his future as a major-league starter) with a midseason hot streak. After opening the year hitting just .240/.284/.409 through his first 63 games, he hit .298/.342/.520 the rest of the way, finishing with a .270/.314/.467 line and 22 homers in 465 plate appearances. That level of performance isn't too surprising and could well be sustainable, as he flashed similar numbers in his rookie campaign back in 2015 before two straight disappointing years. A full season of similar production would look a whole lot like what Miguel Andujar did in 2018 and make Franco a solid mid-tier fantasy starter. Of course, he's never actually hit like that over a full season (he played in just 80 games in his rookie year), so he'll deservedly come at a much cheaper price due to legitimate fears that he could regress toward the player he was in the first part of 2018 and the two years prior. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5.2 million contract with the Phillies in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Pops 17th homer
3BPhiladelphia Phillies
September 29, 2019
Franco went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Marlins.
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It's only Franco's second home run since rejoining the Phillies in early September, but he's been serviceable with a .736 OPS over 17 games this month. The 27-year-old endured a tough season before being demoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in August, and he has a .234/.298/.467 slash line with 17 home runs and 56 RBI in 423 plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
3
14
56
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
5
4
13
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .693 399 45 17 55 0 .223 .293 .399
Since 2017vs Right .732 1117 117 46 145 1 .250 .296 .436
2019vs Left .794 117 16 6 18 0 .245 .333 .461
2019vs Right .673 311 32 11 38 0 .230 .283 .390
2018vs Left .644 120 12 4 19 0 .222 .283 .361
2018vs Right .826 345 36 18 49 1 .286 .325 .502
2017vs Left .657 162 17 7 18 0 .209 .272 .385
2017vs Right .701 461 49 17 58 0 .237 .284 .417
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .719 750 75 37 113 1 .237 .283 .437
Since 2017Away .725 766 87 26 87 0 .250 .308 .417
2019Home .733 235 25 13 40 0 .234 .289 .444
2019Away .671 193 23 4 16 0 .234 .306 .366
2018Home .764 215 21 10 30 1 .272 .293 .471
2018Away .795 250 27 12 38 0 .269 .332 .463
2017Home .676 300 29 14 43 0 .214 .270 .406
2017Away .702 323 37 10 33 0 .244 .291 .411
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Stat Review
How does Maikel Franco compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.59
 
BB Rate
8.4%
 
K Rate
14.3%
 
BABIP
.236
 
ISO
.175
 
AVG
.234
 
OBP
.297
 
SLG
.409
 
OPS
.705
 
wOBA
.293
 
Exit Velocity
89.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.2%
 
Barrels/PA
5.2%
 
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It’s too early to give up on Franco, and we just have to hope the Phillies agree. Sure, his batting average has dropped 25 points each of the last two seasons and 20-something homers isn’t as impressive in today’s landscape, but underlying skills suggest pumping the brakes; there’s room to grow for the 25-year-old. During an era where’s there no shame in striking out, Franco makes contact at an impressive clip just over 80 percent, largely making up for a six percent walk rate. Improving selectivity could boost power, not to mention result in more free passes. A 36.7 percent flyball rate is fine for a power hitter, and a 30.9 percent hard-hit rate is a tick above league average. Where Franco falls short is barrels as he’s below average. However, his exit velocity is above average and studies show it’s easier to change launch angle so barrels could improve. The Phillies could play a middle infielder at the hot corner, but will likely give Franco another chance. You should too.
Expectations were high for the slugger entering 2016. Franco had a solid first half, hitting .269 with 18 homers, but he slumped after the All-Star break. Things were especially bad for Franco in August, when he hit just .224 with three homers. Franco had a tougher time against right-handed pitchers last season. While he did hit 17 of his homers against righties, he also managed just a .698 OPS against same-handed pitching as opposed to the .844 OPS he had against righties in 2015. Franco was also a bit unlucky last season, as he saw his BABIP drop from .298 in 2015 to .273. Although he did see a dip in his walk rate and a tick up in his strikeout rate, neither change is all that alarming at this stage. It is important to remember Franco is just 24 years old, and as he continues to refine his game, he should deliver improved numbers. Franco projects as the Phillies' cleanup hitter this season.
Franco began the year in Triple-A, and while his .355/.384/.539 line was impressive, that slugging percentage was doubles-driven as he hit just four homers in 151 plate appearances. He more than tripled that number with the Phillies, hitting 14 home runs in 335 plate appearances and giving Phillies fans something to be excited about in an otherwise dreadful season. Franco has a half season of major league time under his belt at a time where his age peers are still taking buses in Double-A, and he held his own with a .280/.343/.497 line. He never has walked much, but he’s a high-contact hitter for someone that has his power potential. He’ll see a lot more than 335 plate appearances in 2016, but his home run total may not get too far over 20 as the 14 he hit last season came along with a 16 percent HR/FB ratio. He could be a good four-category producer in 2016.
Franco struggled to adjust in his first three months at the Triple-A level, posting just a .230/.285/.364 batting line in the first half of the season, but a light seemed to go on at the end of June. In the second half of the season, he hit .309/.326/.551 with 10 home runs and earned a promotion to the majors when rosters expanded in September. Franco didn't do much offensively during his month in the majors, but he did show that his defense at third base was major league ready. The Phillies will give him an opportunity to compete for the starting job at third this spring. His upside makes him worth gambling on late in fantasy drafts if he earns a job in camp.
Franco moved past Jesse Biddle to become the Phillies' top prospect after his breakout 2013 season. He hit .320 with 36 doubles, 31 home runs and 103 RBI in 134 games with High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading, and led all minor leaguers with 308 total bases. The Phillies believe he can stick at third base, but they also had him take some reps at first base late last season as they look to increase his versatility a bit. Franco will get an invitation to spring training, and has an outside chance at winning the starting job. The Phillies are more likely to open the year with Cody Asche at third, but Franco could get a shot later in the season if Asche fails to produce.
After a rough start to last season, Franco really turned things on after the All-Star break and finished the year hitting .280/.336/.439 with 32 doubles and 14 home runs for Low-A Lakewood. The power numbers are impressive, especially for someone that played the majority of last season as a 19-year-old in Low-A ball. Franco has one of the highest ceilings in the Phillies' farm system, but is still at least two to three years away from the majors.
Franco signed with the Phillies in 2010 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. He struggled in rookie ball during the 2010 season but had a bit of a break out last season at Short Season Williamsport where he hit .287/.367/.411 with two home runs in 202 at-bats. Franco also saw some limited action for Low-A Lakewood, but struggled there. Scouts say Franco has a high ceiling and his solid eye at the plate in Williamsport (25 walks/30 strikeouts) is a positive sign, but he'll need to show more power in the future to maintain his prospect status.
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Responsible for only runs
3BPhiladelphia Phillies
September 20, 2019
Franco went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Friday's loss to Cleveland.
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Added to lineup
3BPhiladelphia Phillies
September 20, 2019
Franco is starting at third base and batting eighth Friday against the Indians.
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Out for second straight day
3BPhiladelphia Phillies
September 20, 2019
Franco is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Indians.
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Out of Thursday's lineup
3BPhiladelphia Phillies
September 19, 2019
Franco is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Back to big leagues
3BPhiladelphia Phillies
September 5, 2019
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