Phillies: Five things to look forward to next season

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 14: Rhys Hoskins
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 14: Rhys Hoskins /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 15: Maikel Franco
SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 15: Maikel Franco /

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Few players in recent Phillies history have disappointed more than Maikel Franco not just this season, but through their career. Destined to blossom into the next super star in the city, Franco drew future MVP predictions from Mike Schmidt and others in recent years.

This season Franco is hitting .224 with 41 extra-base hits, only 17 being home runs. His deteriorating plate discipline drives anyone watching to the point of insanity, and some wondered if a demotion was needed. /

It’s also become clear the organization has little patience for Franco to find himself, as several top prospects are preparing to change positions in the minor leagues. J.P. Crawford has shifted about 60 feet to his right from shortstop to third, and second baseman Scott Kingery has taken ground balls at third during batting practice late in the summer.

Certainly, the intrigue surrounding future free agents Mike Moustakas and Manny Machado will reach One Citizens Bank Way during the offseason this year and next.  Owner John Middleton has money burning a hole in his suit and is ready to take his trophy back.

How the team handles Franco going forward is beyond my pay grade, but don’t be surprised if they attempt to swap him this winter.