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Top Prospect #12: Martire Franco

Top Prospect #12: Martire Franco

At one time, Martire Franco was mentioned among the top starting pitching prospects in the Phillies' organization. Now, with a successful move to the bullpen in 2004, Franco may have been reinvented as a reliever to watch in the not too distant future.

Martire Franco has seemingly stalled in his attempt to reach the majors. In a little over a week, Franco turns 27 and needs a productive 2005 season to maintain his prospect status. Franco's career started with the Phillies Dominican Summer League team and it looked like he would come to the states and move quickly through the system. When he first arrived, he saw his ERA climb, but not to levels...

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