With MLB rosters expanding on Sept. 1, we're about to get a look at the future up in Philly.
Maikel Franco - ranked 17th by Baseball America among MLB prospects before this season - was brought in on Monday as part of the Phillies' September call-ups. Franco is the Phillies' third-ranked prospect and could become the youngest position player to appear for the franchise since Jimmy Rollins debuted in 2000.
The Phillies signed Franco out of the Dominican Republic back in 2010 for $100,000. In 520 minor league games across five seasons he held a .775 OPS with 66 home runs and 338 RBI.
Franco, 22, struggled early this season at Triple-A Lehigh with a .209 average, five home runs and a .585 OPS through 78 games. But then he had a talk with team advisor Charlie Manuel and afterwards hit .324 with 11 home runs and a .922 OPS in July and August.
Franco plays both corner infield positions and is known mainly for his power. He is listed 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds.
If the Phillies are going to return to prominence any time soon, they will need some of their younger prospects to pan out. We'll see what Franco's got.