Scouting Eastern League prospects

Some notes on a pair of Eastern League (Double-A) games I saw in the past week, featuring prospects from the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.

• Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco has broken out with his performance this year, building on the strong second half he had in low Class A Lakewood in 2012 to earn a promotion to Double-A in mid-June, where he's continued to hit for average and power, with a .423/.431/.718 line through his first 17 games at that level. (Reading's a good place to hit, especially for power, although Franco's hitting on the road so far, as well.) He homered in his first at-bat on Saturday night, showing very easy power, but overall there are some major deficiencies in his game, and only a few of them can improve with experience.