|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||8/26/1992|
|Height, Weight||6'1", 215 lbs|
Franco is batting fifth for the first time this season Sunday against the Rockies.
Franco had performed very well for an eight-hole hitter, posting a .271/.366/.571 line on the season with six homers, so the Phillies elected to prioritize his comfort there over moving a hot bat up in the lineup. With Jean Segura out with a hamstring strain and J.T. Realmuto getting the day off, it made no sense to keep Franco down in the lineup behind the likes of Phil Gosselin and Andrew Knapp, so he'll move up at least for one day. He'll look to stay hot at Coors Field after going 5-for-10 in the first two games of the series.
Franco went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 14-3 rout of the Mets.
With Rhys Hoskins (ankle) banged up a bit, Franco slid over to first base for the first time this season, but the new position did nothing to slow him down at the plate. He's now slashing .259/.385/.630 through 16 games with six homers and 17 RBI, but with Scott Kingery swinging an even hotter bat right now, Franco could eventually begin to lose the occasional start.
Franco is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Franco started the first 13 games of the season at third base and has an impressive .256/.407/.581 slash line in 54 plate appearances. Most encouragingly, the 26-year-old has a 20.4-percent walk rate, which -- while clearly unsustainable for a full season -- blows his career high of 7.9 percent out of the water. Franco walked only 29 times in 465 plate appearances last season. Scott Kingery enters the lineup at third base for the Phillies, batting seventh.
Franco went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and a pair of runs in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.
Franco hit a solo shot to tie the game off Stephen Strasburg in the third inning. He later singled and scored on a Jean Segura triple in the fourth. Franco could potentially help the Phillies more if he were batting higher up than eighth, but the team is unlikely to want to mess with a good thing, as he's hit .294/.442/.706 with four homers in 10 games out of the spot this season.