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Phillies call up top prospect Maikel Franco from Triple-A

Sep 1, 2014, 7:21 PM EDT

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The Phillies announced their September call-ups following their no-hitter of the Braves this afternoon, which most notably included the promotion of top prospect Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Franco was ranked as the game’s No. 22 prospect Baseball America coming into the season, but he batted just .209 with five home runs and a .585 OPS through his first 78 games. However, as Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com noted in July, he saw a turnaround following a visit from former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. The 22-year-old hit .324 with 11 homers and a .922 OPS from July-August and wrapped up his season today by going 1-for-3 with a double.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg recently told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that they won’t try Cody Asche in the outfield this month, so Franco figures to see part-time duty between third base and first base this month. He could make his major league debut tomorrow with left-hander Mike Minor on the hill for Atlanta.

  1. Ren Ignatiago - Sep 1, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Amaro and the less Phightin Phills strikes back.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Ren,have you ever seen “The Princess Bride”?Do you perhaps have 6 fingers?

  2. chew1985 - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Franco is the first baseman next year. Cody Asche is the third baseman. So long Ryan Howard. Best of luck in the AL. And looking at Chase Utley waste away in the last couple months, a DH gig in the AL is all that will prolong his career.

    Time marches on in Philadelphia.

    • dodgerfaninjapan - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:54 AM

      And how are you going to get any AL teams to take them? They’re both under contract for next year, and several more for Howard. I suppose if the Phillies eat the contracts, they might find some takers.

      • deep64blue - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        The Phillies can afford to eat the contracts – and they should, they’re sunk costs now.

  3. slappymcknucklepunch - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    When you pound on your keyboard to make the owies go away,does your lizard brain ever stop to look what your psychosis has wrought? Why CC let you back is something I do not understand as it just seems you can’t help yourself from being a colostomy face.Is it because you were never told NO? Was it because you were ALWAYS told NO?

    If in fact this is a parody account,then BRAVO Mr/Ms future internet star,you piss me off in ALL the ways the real handle used to piss me off.Well done.

  4. mazblast - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Ruin Tomorrow has called up Franco. Now the question is whether he’ll actually play him, or whether the operative cliche will be, “We just want him to see what major league life is like”.

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    • zebbers - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      ban this idiot.

  6. greymares - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    I saw at least 40 Iron Pigs games this year and this kid is not ready for the Bigs. He is a 3rd baseman ONLY he will be a butcher at 1st. His absolute best attribute is his arm. If the pitcher happens to hit his bat he will bang it but has a terrible time with pich recognition. If they play him it will have to be 3rd and Asche will have to move on . I would send Franco to Arizona and teach him to be a corner outfielder bring him back to Lehigh Valley in April and see where it goes from there. The Phillies didn’t want to bring him up, it’s fan pressure because they’re so bad.

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