Franco deserving of All-Star consideration

Phillies rookie posting consistent impressive numbers since mid-May promotion

Franco deserving of All-Star consideration

NEW YORK -- Cole Hamels or Jonathan Papelbon remain the favorites to represent the Phillies on the National League All-Star team, but Maikel Franco at least has entered the conversation as a long shot on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, as the latest round of NL voting was released Tuesday.

Franco, who set career highs in hits (four), homers (two) and RBIs (five) in a game in Monday's 11-8 victory over the Yankees, drove in five more runs in Tuesday night's 11-6 win over the Yanks -- including a three-run home run and the tiebreaking two-run double in the ninth.

Franco's go-ahead double

 He is hitting .319 with nine doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 154 plate appearances since his May 15 promotion from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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But his late start means it is very unlikely he earns a nod. The NL has had 21 rookie position players make the All-Star team. Phillies outfielder Del Ennis and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper both made the latest debuts of those rookies, playing their first games of the season on April 28, 1946, and April 28, 2012, respectively.

If Franco had enough plate appearances to qualify, he would rank second among NL third basemen in OPS. Only Cincinnati's Todd Frazier (.993) is better.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.

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Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.