ON DEMAND: Franco Gets Called Up, What Can We Expect From Him at 3B?
The Phillies finally made the move and called up Maikel Franco. It's been a time coming for the 56th rated prospect in baseball, Franco figures to play 3B everyday and bat behind Ryan Howard to start things off. Franco is also part of the Phillies "youth movement" that will include Aaron Nola and JP Crawford somewhere down the line.
Phillies broadcaster Gregg Murphy called in to talk about the weekend set against the Diamondbacks. Murph talks about what he expects from Franco and whether or not its fair to expect a lot from the 22-year old. Murph also talks about Johnathan Papelbon and the start to the season he's been on. Murph gets the chance to interview Pap after games from time to time and would be "shocked" if there wasnt a lot of interest in Pap come July 31st. Follow Murph on Twitter.
Called in with "The Stark Report" as he does each and every Friday at 3:05. Stark called about the Franco call up and how the club has handled the Cody Asche situation sending him down to the minors to learn LF. Stark asks an obvious question: How can the Phillies not have played Cody Asche 1 inning in LF during spring training? The Phillies have been very confusing in some of their answers as to why this didnt happen. Follow Stark on Twitter.
Delaware County Times columnist Jack McCaffery called in to talk about his column on Maikel Franco. McCaff says that Franco is a crucial key to the Phillies rebuilding program. The team cannot afford Franco to be just another farm-system player, much like Cody Asche and Darin Ruf. They need Franco to be a game changer, according to McCaffery. However, there seems to be less pressure on Franco because of where the franchise is. Read that column here.