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Maikel Franco hit for the cycle at Triple-A

Aug 23, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats in tonight’s home game against the Syracuse Chiefs. Franco doubled in the first inning, tripled in the third, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo home run to center field to complete the cycle.

Franco, 21, was a consensus top-100 prospect entering the 2014 season and represented the Phillies at the 2014 Futures Game at Target Field in Minnesota in July. He struggled to begin the season, but has hit well since the start of July. In his last 190 plate appearances, Franco has hit eight home runs, knocked in 37 runs, and posted a .306/.323/.572 slash line.

The Phillies are likely to bring Franco up at some point in September after rosters expand. He’ll compete with Cody Asche for the starting job at third base in March.

  1. largebill - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Don’t know if they are related, but today is Julio Franco’s birthday. Julio could still hit .250 even at 56 years old.

    • jerze2387 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      They’d be better off with Julio Franco than Ryan howard

  2. xmatt0926x - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    It should be Franco’s position to lose next season. Asche is mediocre, if that,in all aspects of the game.

    • greymares - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:06 AM

      The only facet of the game where Franco is better than Asche is arm strength. I have watched this kid live all season, I live in the Lehigh Valley and attend a ton of Iron Pigs games. If Philly wasn’t so bad you wouldn’t even be thinking about this kid yet. The other big notion is that Darin Ruf should be playing, he’s a bench piece at best.

  3. flyinhighwithvick - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    They had Julio Franco. They traded him for Von Hayes.

  4. sleepyirv - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Dude, I’m okay with a write-up on a MLB cycle because everyone does one on those things and it’s cute and it’s a long season with you needing a lot of material and whatever. But a Triple-A cycle? These things aren’t actual accomplishments, you know. If a guy had two homers and two doubles, he had a better game than a cycler.

    • jwbiii - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Cycles are about as rare as no hitters. Everyone hits for a cycle in the same sense that everyone throws a no hitter. Minor league no hitters are covered here, so why not cycles?

      Recent MLB No Hitters and Cycles
      Year  No Hitters  Cycles  
      2014       3         1
      2013       3         3
      2012       7         4
      2011       3         2
      2010       6*        4

      Roy Halladay’s 2010 no hitter was in a playoff game.

      • renaado - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        Halladay’s no hitter at that time was just amazin, I’m no Phillies fan but It’s really hard not to love performances like that.

      • sleepyirv - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        If an event is as rare as a no-hitter, does it automatically become a newsworthy event?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        The fact that a cycle is unusual/rare does not necessarily make it a great achievement rather than a novelty.

  5. schmedley69 - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Franco better be careful. That kind of performance gets you demoted in the Phillies organization. You have to hit .120 like Freddy Galvis to get promoted to the big club with the Phillies.

  6. ironcurtin64 - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Does anybody really care about the cycle? 2 HR, double, and a single is worth more. Overrated “stat”.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Well, to answer your question as it was literally asked – yes, lots of people care about the cycle (that is what you asked).

      But to give a less cheeky answer – of course your scenario is slightly more valuable, and 4 Home Runs (see: Schmidt, Mike) is way more valuable. I don’t think anyone claims otherwise. But A) the cycle is still damn hard, B) unusual, and C) has a certain symmetrical beauty to it – hence, it gets attention. It has often been said that had Wilt scored 102 points in that famous game, it would have been less magical than 100. Same applies to the cycle – it is a thing of beauty

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