Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fantasy Focus: 2016 Breakout Third Basemen- Maikel Franco

Maikel Franco, 3B.  B-R, T-R.  DOB:  8/26/1992.  6'1", 180 lbs.  Organization:  Phillies.

2015:  .280/.343/.497, 22 2B, 14 HR, 7.8 BB%, 15.5 K%, 335 PA.

Maikel Franco had to wait until mid-May of last year for callup to the majors, a fact that he has filed a grievance with MLB over.  He pretty much raked from that point until August 18 when he suffered a wrist fracture.   He eventually returned to play the final 3 games of the season, so presumably he is healthy for 2015.  He looks like another player who just needs to stay healthy and accumulate the PA's to have his breakout season.  The Phillies won't be a good team in 2016, but that's mostly due to the pitching.  The lineup actually looks like it might not be half bad, so it should not drag Franco's R and RBI totals down too much.  The K and BB numbers are solid so unless the wrist injury lingers, he should be able to continue and build on the foundation he put down in 2015.  You won't draft him ahead of a Josh Donaldson, Manny Machado or Kris Bryant, but if you miss out on the elite guys, Franco should give you your money's worth and more later in the draft.

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