Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Disappointment Known As Maikel Franco & Other Stuff

Maikel Franco is by far the worst everyday 3rd baseman in baseball and his WAR (-0.7) ranks 157 out 164 qualified batters in MLB. His hips fly open when he swings, leading his upper body to open up and pull everything, so much so, that it knocks the damn helmet off his head. He disgusts me. Over-hyped bust. Although still a mere 24 years old, I'd be ready to wash my hands of him, if only the Phillies had someone capable of playing third base ready in the minors. Of course, they could call-up JP Crawford and let Freddy Galvis play 3rd. Or perhaps Cesar Hernandez or Scott Kingery have the arm to handle the hot corner. All I know is that I hate watching Franco bat and the results justify my revulsion.

Austin Listi, drafted in the 17th round this June, has moved up to Single-A Lakewood already. In 24 games he's batting .310/.938 with 19 R, 6 DBL, 5 HR, 19 RBI, and 3 SB. He's manned 1st base and both left and right field thus far.

Aaron Nola looks like the ace we'd all hope he'd become when he was drafted in the 1st round back in 2014. Watching his fastball dart all over the strikezone with its late life is a thing of beauty. One of the few bright spots this season for the Phillies.

Jhailyn Ortiz, he of the tender age of 18, is mashing the ball in Williamsport. He did alright as a 17 year old outfielder in the Gulf Coast League last summer, but he's made significant strides to improve himself this season, and he's now batting .306/1.026 in 32 games with 22 R, 9 DBL, 7 HR, 25 RBI, and 3 SB.

The Phillies signed a lefty out of Russia that goes by the name of Anton Kuznetsov (extremely Russian) and he's killing it in his debut in the USA. Over 8 appearances for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, he's pitched 14.1 innings, striking out 16, allowed only 6 base runners and nary a run. Mother Russia!

Quincy Nieporte, a 26th round pick this June, is impressing in the Gulf Coast as well. The first baseman has hit .343/1.092 with 14 R, 9 DBL, 4 HR, and 14 RBI over 18 games. He also likes to celebrate by shotgunning a beer after hits.



He could also challenge Odubel Herrera in a bat flipping contest.

5 comments:

GM-Carson said...

About this Pete Rose statutory rape allegations...
I feel the Phillies should postpone his Wall of Fame induction and negate it altogether if found guilty.

I don't understand his inclusion on the Wall anyway. The Phillies were winning a lot when he was on the team, but for a 1st baseman, his stats were entirely mediocre. He hit .291/.726 in 5 seasons with the Phillies with only a 1.1 WAR collectively. To put that into perspective, Cameron Rupp has a 1.1 WAR this season alone!

GM-Carson said...

It could definitely all click for Franco someday. But this rebuild needs to become contending soon, real soon, and I'm not sure he should be afforded a future in that.

Carson Book said...

Cam Perkins to AAA, Nava activated.

Anderson to AA,Ramos recalled.

Rose plaque and bobble head cancelled.

Robert Dalton said...

Carson, you are the first I saw that has actually said "if found guilty". Every thing else I read is already condemning before a trial etc to see if this is actually legit or not.

Ron Cori said...

I don't think there's a choice right now. No one in the farm system at 3b...other areas are stacked. Poor scouting again.