Phillies option Maikel Franco

Maikel Franco was demoted to Triple-A after posting a .231 average the season in 333 at-bats. (Ian D’Andrea)

The Philadelphia Phillies made a surprising roster move prior to their game on Sunday. With the team’s plethora of outfielders, the Phils have decided to option Maikel Franco to Triple-A. The move allows Scott Kingery to move to the hot corner on a full-time basis.

According to Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Franco was escorted out of the clubhouse and had no interest in speaking about his demotion.

Zolecki went on to report that the Phillies don’t think Franco profiles well as a bench player. Third base is the only position Franco can play, so keeping Brad Miller and Sean Rodriguez makes sense from a versatility standpoint.

Franco, 26, started the season off hot during the Phillies’ first 10 games but has since come back to earth in a big way. Although he has the element of power over both Miller and Rodriguez, Franco’s .198 average against lefties makes him less of an option off the bench.

Overall this season, Franco slashed .231/.296/.405 with 15 home runs, 47 RBIs and 44 runs scored. Sean Rodriguez and Brad Miller have a combined 19 home runs over the past two seasons.

While Franco’s demotion is certainly a disappointment to him, he could very well return this season if he works on some things at the plate in Lehigh Valley.




  1. Phil Keim

    August 4, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Get rid of the manager…He has ruined the careers of many Phillies that were going to be our future. I blame him directly for Aaron Atherr, Nick Williams, Dylan Cozens and Franco…In addition we got rid of our future short stop Crawford and future catcher all in an effort to become immediate contenders instead of waiting and letting your players develop. Do you really think Rodriquez or Miller are going to be on this club long….We have traded away our future…stupid trades for vets at the end of last year (we didn’t keep any of them)for prospects. Now we have a slightly better than five hundred club that really has no minor league system to supply players at this point. Dumb management Period.

    • David Viselli

      August 4, 2019 at 9:24 pm

      why stop at the manager…other coaches (pitching and hitting particularly), GM and President need to go too…team’s fundamentals are poor…hitters swing at too many bad fist pitches…or too many of them appear to be pure guess hitters and go up there whiffing at terrible pitches…and while Realmuto’s a keeper, he needs to do a better job of calling a game…that part of is game leaves a lot to be desired.

  2. Jim Rosenburg

    August 4, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. Understand about Kingery but 2nd is his place. I think he rubs people the wrong way in the organization and they will be trading him after the season. Liked him and he always showed enthusiasm.

  3. Thomas Vesci

    August 4, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Get rid of the manager…He has ruined the careers of many Phillies…

  4. Thomas

    August 4, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Are you people really that stupid?

  5. Jeff Orbach

    August 5, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Franco in a sense is being “scapegoated”, because Kapler doesn’t discipline anyone except for Franco, when it comes to things like not hustling. In a sense however this demotion comes as a produst of his own inability to improve as a hitter.

    Mallee is to blame for many things going wrong with the Phillies hitters this year, but other hitting coaches like Matt Stairs have said that he does what’s asked of him in the cage and BP. Gametime he reverts back to the helmet flying off, weak ground ball hittng, strikeout prone hitter that we’ve come to know too well.

    I hope he realizes what he needs to do because I like Maik.

  6. john sandone

    August 5, 2019 at 11:57 am

    …………….Weak ground ball hitting , yes—-strikeout prone , no !..fewest atrikeouts in league over last three years of any batter with amount of home runs he had And Gabe ruining players ………..?!? how’bout relief pitchers getting arm injuries at an alarming rate ??? , that’s where him and his good buddy Chris the pitching coach [ last year’s assistant who threatened to leave if not made head pitching coach, so fire last year’s guy who is only the pitching coach of the Braves — in first place with lowest ERA AND ONE INJURY]……THEY HAVE RUINED PITCHERS , HAVE IMPROPERLY CHANGED THEIR WARMUP ROUTINES , THEIR STRETCHING OUT ROUTINES AND CAUSED THE INJURIES . Also , where do you think Klentak got hiis insights on the starting staff being ready to breakout this year so no need to get starters…….from gabe and his buddy chris …………..get rid of gabe and his coaches NOW , put thompson in as interim , Charlie hitting coach , Dubee pitching coach and maybe we can still win division !!!!

  7. Nokesvillejr

    August 5, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    If we use the same logic, Mike Schmidt would have been sent down to the minors after his first season since he could “only” play 3rd base. Think about that.

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