Maikel Franco, 21 next month, has been a hot topic among prospect gurus in the last week. The Philadelphia Phillies' young third baseman was recently promoted to Double-A Reading after hitting .299 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs in 289 plate appearances for Advanced Single-A Clearwater. In 13 contests with Reading, he has a slash line of .418/.429/.727 with four ding dongs.
Bradley could return with bang
Nothing but raw power and skills ooze out of Franco. Phils fans should be excited about his future, for sure. He's improved from last year's 14-homer campaign, although he could stand to tone down some of his aggressiveness at the dish. Strong hand-eye coordinator and quick bat speed help him generate the power needed to make him a 20-homer threat at the big league level, eventually.
The hot corner has been a position of need for Philadelphia for several seasons, too. Michael Young has filled in nicely at third this year, but he's 36 and is a temporary solution. Franco, if he continues to impress, could become an option there sooner than expected. A September call-up could happen, but don't expect it. Get this guy on your keeper radar for next season.
- It's not official yet, but Tyler Skaggs is expected to be called up again, this time to fill the rotation spot of Trevor Cahill (right hip contusion). Skaggs' numbers don't look pretty in limited duty this year and last for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he doesn't have much left to prove in the minors. That's a good thing. He won't cost you much in deep mixed leagues and could easily take, and run away with, Cahill's spot. If Skaggs doesn't take advantage, it could easily be Archie Bradley, too.
- Oakland Athletics hurler Michael Ynoa was promoted to High Single-A Stockton Monday and was also chosen for the Futures Game. This Dominican slinger is a tall drink of water (6-foot-7, 210 pounds), is now two years removed from Tommy John surgery and was downright dominating at Single-A Beloit. He's low on the team's prospect list as of now, but that could change in a hurry.
- The Atlanta Braves have gotten creative in order to keep power hitters in their lineup, notably Evan Gattis. Might they do the same with Joey Terdoslavich later this year? He's hitting .322/.363/.574 with 18 homers at Triple-A Gwinnett and has played third base, first and the outfield. He could become a nice source of power in NL leagues if he makes it to Atlanta.
- It's possible that many folks forgot about Jackie Bradley after he fell flat earlier this year. We'll remind you: He's pretty good. He slugged two homers last night and is hitting .283 with a .943 OPS in his last 10 games with Triple-A Pawtucket. The Boston Red Sox don't have the need for him right now, but he's an injury or a player trade away from being back up. When he returns, he's likely to fare much better, assuming he can get consistent at-bats. See Anthony Rendon.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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