Phillies promote Maikel Franco to Reading

After a breakout season with Lakewood in 2012, Maikel Franco proved at Clearwater this season that the numbers were no fluke. The 20-year old third base prospect is being rewarded with an early promotion to Double-A Reading.

Maikel Franco, the 20-year old phenom third baseman, has been promoted from High-A Clearwater to Double-A Reading by the Philadelphia Phillies.

At the time of his promotion, Franco was tied for the Florida State League lead in home runs with 16 and led the FSL in doubles with 23. He was also hitting .299/.349/.576 with the Threshers this season.

Franco wasn't a highly touted prospect when he signed with the Phillies as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in February, 2010, but he has made quick work of the lower levels of the minors in his three professional seasons. He had a breakout season in 2012 with Lakewood, when he hit a career-high 14 home runs and 84 RBI, while hitting .280 for the BlueClaws.

The Florida State League is generally thought of as a pitcher-friendly league, making Franco's success there that much more impressive. He has also shown the ability to hit the ball to all fields over the past two seasons and is showing increased ability at third base.

To make room on the Reading roster, catcher Justin Dalles was reassigned to Low-A Lakewood.

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