Maikel Franco, Infield, Philadelphia Phillies, #7
Date of Birth: 8/26/1992
Birthplace: Azua, Dominican Republic
Maikel Franco, infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, was signed by the Phillies in 2010. He played in the Phillies' minor league system from 2010 through 2014, joining the Phillies for just 16 games in 2014.
Statistics for Franco in the minor leagues include 557 hits, 131 doubles, 66 home runs, 338 RBIs, and 322 strikeouts to 140 walks in 521 games. Defensively, as a third baseman, he made 766 assists, 63 double plays, 332 putouts, and 55 errors in 453 games.
Franco played in 80 games with the Phillies in 2015. He went on the DL on August 18th with a wrist fracture. He finished the 2015 season with 85 hits, 22 doubles, 14 home runs, 50 RBIs, and a .280 batting average. Defensively, at third base, he made 119 assists, 11 double plays, and 49 putouts in 75 games.
On May 17, 2015, Franco hit his first major league home run and two months later, on August 4th, he hit his first major league grand slam. He set a Phillies' record on June 23rd when he became the first Phillies' player to hit five RBIs in two consecutive games.
In 2016, his first full season in the majors, Franco batted .255 in 152 games. He finished the season with 148 hits, 23 doubles, 25 home runs, and 88 RBIs. Defensively, as the Phillies' third baseman in 148 games, he made 223 assists, 93 putouts, and 13 errors.
Career batting statistics for Franco through 2016 include:
- 248 games played
- 243 hits
- 47 doubles
- 39 home runs
- 143 RBIs
- .258 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Franco at third base through 2016 include:
- 235 games played
- 370 assists
- 153 putouts
- 24 errors
- .956 fielding percentage