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On Juan Francisco

I saw this comment that Bill made earlier, linking this piece from Fayman’s blog. Let me know what you think:

The long-term plan at third remains Juan Francisco.

“He’s 23, lots of pop,” Baker said, “MVP in the Dominican the last two winters. He was the guy we had slated to pick up the 35, 40 games Scottie wasn’t going to play and phase him slowly like that.”

Juan Francisco

There are a number of opinions about Juan Francisco. Your opinion may differ from mine, and reasonable minds can disagree. That said, I’m completely baffled by the Cincinnati organization’s perspective on Mr. Francisco.

Does anyone outside the Reds organization think Juan Francisco has a chance to be a major league regular? I never have, so maybe I’m not looking at this fairly…but what I see is a player that refuses to take walks, that strikes out a ton, and is miserable defensively. Oh, but that power! Whatever.

The guy looks to be a left-handed Wily Mo Pena, and that ain’t a compliment. Do the Reds really think he’s the long-term solution at third base? Certainly, the Reds know more than I do, and have more information at their disposal. What are they seeing that I can’t see?

60 thoughts on “On Juan Francisco

  1. My joke might not be understood, but the Reds have hidden bad defenders at premium defensive spots for years. Why would they stop now?

  2. Not to tear open an old wound here, but Chad, weren’t you the one that oozed undying love for Edwin Encarnacion? Francisco’s defense is comparable, and the year of, or before, their jump to the majors they even had comparable runs batted in (albeit that is only one piece of the puzzle). I think he could be a valuable part of this club’s future but heck, sell high while you can if the opportunity arises.

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