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Top Prospect #23: RHP Martire Franco

So, when you age three years literally overnight, do your friends owe you three birthday presents? Maybe Martire Franco could answer that question because that very thing happened to him. With scrutiny over birth certificates and immigration records after the 9-11 attacks, Franco was found to be three years older than he originally was listed by the Phillies. Of course, Franco wasn't the only one that aged quickly, but for him, it was at a critical time.

Martire Franco was always thought of as a prospect, but with the added years, he is quickly running out of time. Not just to progress to the majors, but to show that his maturity could catch up to his now advanced age. Franco had many of the trappings of youth that prevented him from getting the most out of his talent. Many times, Franco had ignored his coaches and figured that he knew what was...

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