Week 9 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: 3B Maikel Franco
Franco had a dream season in Triple-A last year. He posted a jaw-dropping .320 batting average with a .356 On Base Percentage. Shockingly, the slugger also posted amazing power numbers as well. He clubbed 31 home runs and 36 doubles in 2013 to go along with 103 RBIs.
Unfortunately, Franco has been slow out of the gate in 2014. He was batting under .200 for most of April and the infielder was starting to quickly fall down prospect lists. Franco, a native of the Dominican Republic, has never been a strong hitter during the cold weather months.
Franco has started to come alive, though, during the warmer spring months and the kid has gone on a serious tear this month. He has quietly brought his average all the way up to .231 over the last several weeks. He has boasted an impressive .301 batting average this month and the slugger suddenly has four home runs to his name.
Luckily, the prospect may get to show what he can do at the major league level sooner rather than later. The team’s starting third baseman, Cody Asche, was recently added to the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury and the setback leaves the team with a hole at the hot corner.
Even before the injury, though, Asche was prone to long slumps and deplorable defense (7 errors). The injury could easily force the team to call up their prized prospect, and if he contributes right away, the 21-year-old could end up stealing the full-time job.
Franco could potentially be called up any day now to play the hot corner in Philadelphia, so fantasy fans should seriously think about adding him this week. He will be in the majors at some point this season anyway, but if he happens to get the call this week, he could become an instant fantasy contributor.