Last Game
Thu, May 26
vs Colorado Rockies (20-24)
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NL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
29-17 6-4 L2
21-24 5-5 L1
21-24 4-6 W1
18-24 4-6 L2
16-30 4-6 W2

2022 Batting

Batting Average
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
On-base Plus Slugging
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .253 3 21 .647 0

Top Maikel Franco News

  • Nationals' Maikel Franco: In midst of four-game hit streak

    Franco will start at third base and bat seventh in Sunday's game against the Brewers.

    Franco will take a four-game hitting streak into the series finale in Milwaukee after going 1-for-4 with a single in Saturday's 5-1 loss. Through 18 games this month, Franco is hitting .239 with a home run, nine RBI and six runs.

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  • Nationals' Maikel Franco: Three hits in loss to Colorado

    Franco went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.

    The veteran third baseman is on a bit of a tear, posting five multi-hit performances over the last 12 games and slashing .306/.333/.449 with a homer, four doubles, four RBI and six runs. Franco has credited an improved offseason diet and routine for his rebound from a career-worst 2021 campaign, Jessica Camerato of reports, and the 29-year-old has lost over 25 pounds from last year's playing weight. "I feel great about it," Franco said. "The way that I look, the way that I play is different. I feel like I always have more energy. It's been great so far."

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  • Nationals' Maikel Franco: Four hits, two doubles

    Franco went 4-for-6 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI in Friday's 14-4 win against San Francisco.

    Franco and the rest of Washington's offense was clicking Friday, with the 29-year-old doubling in the second and third innings and singling in the eighth and ninth. After a slow start to the season, Franco has pushed his line to .293/.322/.427.

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  • Nationals' Maikel Franco: Swats second homer

    Franco went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Giants.

    The veteran third baseman took Yunior Marte deep in the eighth inning for the Nationals' only run of the night. Franco has had a decent start to his tenure with Washington, slashing .263/.295/.421 through 16 games with two homers and 10 RBI.

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  • Nationals' Maikel Franco: Huge game in Monday's win

    Franco went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBI in Monday's 11-2 rout of Atlanta.

    The veteran third baseman had the big blow in a five-run third inning for the Nationals with a two-run homer, but Franco's name was all over the box score Monday. The long ball was not only his first of the season, it was his first since last July, as he looks to shake off a rough 2021 campaign.

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  • Nationals' Maikel Franco: Added to roster

    The Nationals selected Franco's contract ahead of Thursday's season opener versus the Mets.

    The transaction is merely procedural, as it became apparent Franco would begin the season as Washington's everyday third baseman early in spring training, when Carter Kieboom suffered a forearm injury that will likely sideline him for multiple months. Franco solidified the job by provided three extra-base hits -- including two home runs -- across 12 Grapefruit League games, and he could be a solid source of power while he's locked into a full-time role for the Nationals. The 29-year-old offers little fantasy appeal beyond his power numbers, however, since he's a lifetime .246 hitter and has recorded only four stolen bases over 820 career big-league games.

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  • Nationals' Maikel Franco: Goes yard Sunday

    Franco went 2-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

    Getting the start at third base and hitting seventh, Franco took Phil Maton deep in the sixth inning for his first homer of the spring. Franco is in line to open the season at the Nationals' starting third baseman with Carter Kieboom (elbow) out for at least a couple months, but he holds little fantasy appeal outside of deeper NL-only formats after he managed only 11 home runs and a .608 OPS in 403 plate appearances for the Orioles in 2021.

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  • Nationals' Maikel Franco: Favorite to start at third

    Franco is the favorite to start at third base Opening Day for the Nationals, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Franco is one of only six infielders remaining in big-league camp after Washington's latest round of spring cuts, putting him in line to begin the season in a starting role at the hot corner. The 29-year-old is in camp as a non-roster invitee and has yet to be added to the 40-man roster, but the injury to Carter Kieboom (forearm) opened his path to a starting spot. Franco appeared in 104 games for Baltimore last season and hit. 210/.253/.355 with 11 home runs, 22 doubles and 47 RBI.

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  • Nationals' Maikel Franco: Could fill in for Kieboom

    Franco could fill in for Carter Kieboom (forearm) at third base for the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Franco is currently a non-roster invitee to spring training.

    Kieboom, who was thought to be the favorite for the starting job at the hot corner, has been shut down after being diagnosed with a flexor mass strain and is likely to begin the season on IL. In 2021 with the Orioles, Franco hit 11 home runs with a .210 batting average. Franco uses a pull-heavy approach with a career Pull% of 45.5%, yet hits a ton of groundballs (46.2%). Last season, Franco's 113.9 mph maximum exit velocity ranked in the 91st percentile, but he had a 5.1 Barrel%.

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  • Nationals' Maikel Franco: In mix for starting job

    Franco will compete with Carter Kieboom for the starting job at third base during spring training, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    The Nationals hope that Kieboom will be able to serve as the primary third baseman to begin the season, but manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday that the 24-year-old will need to earn the job. Even if Franco is unable to claim the starting job at third base, he has a chance to begin the season as the top backup at first base and the hot corner, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

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  • Nationals' Maikel Franco: Signs with Nationals

    The Nationals signed Franco to a minor-league contract Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Franco had most recently signed a minor-league deal with Atlanta in early September but never joined the MLB roster. He struggled considerably in 104 games with the Orioles in 2021, slashing .210/.253/.355 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI before being released in August. A productive spring training could earn Franco a spot on Washington's unremarkable infield depth chart.

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  • Braves' Maikel Franco: Links up with Atlanta

    Franco has signed a minor-league deal with Atlanta, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

    Franco was released by the Orioles on Aug. 27 and didn't take long to latch on with a new organization. The 29-year-old hit .210/.253/.355 in 104 games before being let go by Baltimore, and he's unlikely to be anything more than organizational infield depth for Atlanta.

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  • Maikel Franco: Released by Orioles

    Franco was released by the Orioles on Friday, Roch Kubatko of reports.

    Franco passed through waivers unclaimed after getting designated for assignment Monday, which suggests he'll be stuck searching for a minor-league deal on the open market. As a below-average defender at third base who owns a 65 wRC+ this season and an 88 wRC+ for his career, his lack of appeal is unsurprising.

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  • Orioles' Maikel Franco: Designated for assignment

    Franco was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Monday, Roch Kubatko of reports.

    Franco was coming off a season in which he posted a respectable 106 wRC+ for the Royals, so there was reason to believe he'd be a decent option this year following his move to hitter-friendly Camden Yards. That hasn't been the case, as his .210/.253/.355 slash line was good for a wRC+ of just 65. He's now been below replacement level in three of the past five seasons, per FanGraphs, so his time as a regular starter could be coming to an end. Kelvin Gutierrez was recalled in a corresponding move and should see time at the hot corner down the stretch.

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  • Orioles' Maikel Franco: Sitting in series finale

    Franco is out of the lineup for Sunday's game versus Atlanta.

    Franco will take a seat for the third time in seven games as the Orioles continue to transition him into more of a part-time role while he maintains an underwhelming .506 OPS in 26 games. With Franco taking a seat, Ramon Urias shifts over to third base, opening up starts in the middle infield for Jorge Mateo and Richie Martin.

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  • Orioles' Maikel Franco: Takes seat Thursday

    Franco isn't starting Thursday's game against the Rays, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.

    Franco snapped an 0-for-10 slump Wednesday when he went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. However, he'll get a breather in Thursday's series finale, as Ramon Urias shifts to third base while Richie Martin starts at shortstop.

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  • Orioles' Maikel Franco: Not in Monday's lineup

    Franco isn't starting Monday's game against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of reports.

    Franco will attempt to reset during Monday's series opener after he went 0-for-7 with a walk across the last two games. Ramon Urias will shift to the hot corner while Richie Martin starts at shortstop.

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  • Orioles' Maikel Franco: Retreats to bench

    Franco is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

    After being activated from the injured list July 23, Franco proceeded to start in each of the Orioles' last 16 games, going 11-for-56 (.196 average) with two home runs, five RBI and four runs. Despite his underwhelming production of late, Franco doesn't face an obvious threat to usurp him atop the depth chart. Ramon Urias will spell Franco on Wednesday in what amounts to a rest day for the 28-year-old.

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  • Orioles' Maikel Franco: Connects on 11th homer

    Franco went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional RBI on Saturday in the Orioles' 5-2 win over the Tigers.

    Franco's fifth-inning blast off Matt Manning was his 11th of the season and helped break a 1-1 tie. The 28-year-old continues to hold down an everyday role for Baltimore, but his .215/.263/.377 slash line on the season could lead the Orioles to explore an upgrade at third base this offseason.

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  • Orioles' Maikel Franco: Swats 10th homer

    Franco went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Nationals.

    Franco had gone 0-for-5 with an RBI in his first two games since he was reinstated from the injured list, but he recorded his 10th home run of the season in the second inning Sunday. Since the start of June, the 28-year-old has hit .257 with five home runs, 18 RBI and 14 runs across 30 games.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 229 lbs
Birthplace: Azua, Dominican Republic
Age: 29
Experience: 6
Bats/Throws: R, R