In recent fantasy baseball seasons, prospects have become more and more popular on draft day. Fantasy owners trip over themselves to grab the next superstar and it often raises the price of the youngsters.
Despite the recent jump on farm system talent, Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco went undrafted in practically every format, which is alarming considering his gaudy minor league numbers.
Franco combined to hit .320 last season in his two minor league stops to go along with a jaw-dropping .356/.569/.926 slash line. He also crushed 31 homers and drove in a whopping 103 runs through 134 games. He easily has 30-homer potential and the 21-year-old is one of the best young sluggers still swinging away in the minors.
Even better, Franco showed outstanding discipline inside the batter’s box. He only struck out 70 times in 542 at-bats and was one of the toughest outs in all of the minor last year. He has all the talent in the world to become a fixture in the middle of Philadelphia lineup.
The only obstacle in Franco’s way at the moment is playing time, as Philadelphia will start Cody Asche at third base on Opening Day. However, Asche seems to be simply holding the job for slugger. Franco is the much better talent and the slugger is the next big name to occupy the hot corner.
Franco is a must-own in all dynasty leagues. He will be in the majors very soon and will be worth stashing away. So if you have an open roster spot, cut ties with some dead weight and take a chance on this young third baseman.