PST: Could Franco debut with Phils this season?

PST: Could Franco debut with Phils this season?

May 20, 2014, 11:00 am
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The Phillies are getting the production they hoped for from their veteran infield of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins (see story).

And after a slow start, Cody Asche is starting to heat up, but is there any chance the Phils could see Maikel Franco at some point this season?

"Maikel Franco, I hope he gets to the point where he's ready to help us at the big-league level, but right now he's not," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said on Comcast SportsNet's Monday edition of "Philly Sports Talk."

Franco, the club's highly-touted corner infield prospect, is hitting .241 at Triple A Lehigh Valley. Last season, the 21-year-old clubbed 31 home runs and knocked in 103 runs in 134 minor-league games.

"We truly expect him to be [ready] at some point," Amaro said. "And when he is, I hope he forces our hand."

To hear more from Amaro on "Philly Sports Talk," watch above.

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