Maikel Franco named minor league Breakout Prospect of the Year
Minor league baseball runs an award dispersal called the 'MiLBY's,' which honor players who've excelled in certain categories. In the category of players who clawed their way out of obscurity and onto the top prospects list, there was no better example than Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco.
Franco has been named minor league baseball's Breakout Player of the Year, with his aggressive offensive stats impressing all year.
Franco maintained a .320 batting average and .926 OPS with the Clearwater Threshers, and continued to impress after his promotion to Reading during the year. His numbers were unshaken after switching levels, as he received almost the same number of plate appearances while producing similar numbers in home runs (16/15), RBI (52/51), and OPS (.926/.925).
In fact, after getting bumped up to double A, he went on a more ferocious hitting tear, knocking 94 hits in the season's second half after 79 in the first.
Franco wound up being one of only four minor leaguers to post a 30/100 season, which led to his receiving the the 2013 Paul Owens Award, given to the Phillies' top organizational prospect.
Director of player development Joe Jordan addressed the stealthy nature of Franco's meteoric rise:
"I don't think there's any question he caught some people off guard. I think we, like every organization, need surprises... Good for us. Good for him."