Franco, Whitehead honored for play in Minors

No. 3 prospect named Player of the Month for August; righty named Pitcher of the Month

Franco, Whitehead honored for play in Minors

PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco is getting his first chance in the big leagues this September, but on Monday, the 22-year-old third baseman was honored for what he accomplished in the Minors the previous month.

Franco was named the Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for the second consecutive month, while right-hander David Whitehead scooped up Pitcher of the Month after his stellar August for Class A Williamsport.

Franco is ranked by as the No. 3 prospect in the Phillies' system.

Franco hit .308 with seven home runs, 24 RBIs and an .883 OPS for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in August. He hit safely in 21 of the 29 games he played in the month and compiled 11 multihit games.

Whitehead, meanwhile, went 2-1 with a 0.67 ERA in five August appearances. He tallied 17 strikeouts without allowing a walk in his 27 innings of work. Opponents hit just .234 (25-for-107) against the 6-foot-4 righty.

Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.