November 19, 2012
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Lakewood 3B Maikel Franco. (Photo by Dave Schofield, Lakewood BlueClaws)
Position: Third base
Prospect Level: Mid-level prospect (10th according to BaseballAmerica.com)
Team: Lakewood (Single-A).
2012 Minor League Stats:
Season in Review: Maikel Franco wasn’t on a lot of people’s radars this year despite being ranked in the Phillies top 10 prospects list. But the Dominican Republican native made a name for himself in Lakewood and could find himself headed to Clearwater and soon Reading in 2013.
The 20-year-old undrafted free agent of 2010 was twice featured in TTB’s own Chris Bengel’s “Down on the Farm” segment this season, once in April and again in July, for good play. The interesting thing about both those posts was that Franco was batting in the low .200’s.
By July 9, Franco was at a .237, but began a hot tear that continued for the rest of the season. His average shot all the way up to .280 at season’s end, hitting a team-hight 14 home runs and driving in a team high 84 runs through 132 games.\
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