Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:32:45 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco has impressed manager Ryne Sandberg this spring. 3B Cody Asche is expected to start the year as the starting third baseman, though, with Franco starting out at Class AA or AAA. "He's looked real good at third base," Sandberg said. "He's got a soft glove. He reacts to balls well. The tougher the play, the softer he gets, which for a 21-year-old guy is pretty amazing. And his arm is very good. He made a play the other day behind the bag on the chalk and got it over to first base effortlessly and still had plenty of arm left."
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:10:02 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard asked manager Ryne Sandberg to face more left-handed pitchers this spring in an effort to improve against them. Howard had a single and home run in his first two intrasquad at-bats against southpaws. Howard played well against lefties last spring, but he had just three doubles and three homers with a .173 batting average in 87 at-bats against lefties last season. Sandberg doesn't see a platoon situation for Howard at first base as an imminent option.
Fantasy Tip: Perhaps Maikel Franco become the other half of a platoon at first base later in the year if Howard doesn't improve against lefties. It's an option, but Sandberg looks like he'll be patient with Howard to start the year.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:06:43 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco is getting some work at first base during workouts. Manager Ryne Sandberg said he wants to see Franco at first base and third base.
Fantasy Tip: Franco isn't expected to break camp on the active roster, but he could force his way up with his bat if Cody Asche isn't working out at third base or if Ryan Howard is injured. He's worthy of an NL-only pick in the late rounds, and he'll be relevant in deep mixed leagues if he comes up and sees consistent playing time.
Sun, 12 Jan 2014 12:37:40 -0800
The Philadelphia Phillies have invited minor league Ps Jesse Biddle, Kenneth Giles and Mario Hollands, 3B Maikel Franco and C Sebastian Valle to major league spring training camp.
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:33:14 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said 3B Cody Asche is the "leading candidate" to enter next season as the team's starting third baseman. "I'd say come in and be ready to win a job," Sandberg said. "You've shown you can play here. You've shown you can play at this level. Come in and be ready to take the job." 3B Maikel Franco had a great minor league season but has yet to play above Class A.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 11:13:07 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B/OF Darin Ruf will get the bulk of the playing time at first base while 1B Ryan Howard (knee) remains sidelined, as a result of the team trading INF Michael Young to the Los Angeles Dodgers. INF Kevin Frandsen and 1B/OF John Mayberry Jr. are also capable of playing the position. Minor league 3B Maikel Franco, who has recently started playing first base, remains a long-shot to be called up this season.