Philadelphia Phillies fans are not happy. We are not happy with the team and the direction it seems headed in or management. If they are anything like me (and I seriously hope they aren’t), Phillies fans are biting their nails in anticipation fort he upcoming Eagles season.
That mindset changed a bit on May 15. May 15 was the day I could say that there was something to look forward to at Citizen’s Bank besides the Phanatic. Maikel Franco‘s call up gave Phillies fans a shot in the arm. I now tell myself, “Yes, there is a future for this franchise.” And when he hit that homer off of Aroldis Chapman, I thought to myself, “This kid is definitely ready.”
Franco has been extremely impressive over his first 22 games of the 2015 season. He has 6 homers and 16 RBIs, while only striking out 14 times. To put that in perspective, he has scored as many runs as he has strikeouts.
If we project those stats out into a 500 at bat season, we get over 30 homers while striking out only a little over 80 times.
That last stat will be the most interesting to see if he can keep up. With guys like Chris Davis, Chris Carter, or even Franco’s teammate Ryan Howard, striking out 200+ times a year, a power bat that is complemented by a low strikeout rate is extremely valuable. Think of Franco as potentially an Edwin Encarnacion-type at third base.
Phillies fans are hoping that Franco is only the first step of a rebuild. With guys like J.P. Crawford, Aaron Nola, etc. in the minors, we can see a few future stars. Franco is looking to be a great first building block. Let’s hope the Phillies can keep it up.