KEEPERS: The changing 2016 landscape, part I

Following a pedestrian 2014 Triple-A debut—.257 BA, 16 HR, 30 BB over 521 AB—and a 10-for-56 homerless September in PHI, Maikel Franco didn't look like an MLB-ready contributor. Franco had shown big power a year earlier at lower levels but poor pitch selection, over-aggressiveness and an occasionally long swing left more than a few analysts and observers wondering when and even if Franco would successfully hold down an MLB job.

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