Re: Jay Bruce #1 on BA Hotsheet and Francisco in the team photo
Q: Santino from Cincy asks:
Matt - Francisco is off to a good start. It's a bit weird because his strikeout ratio is down a bit down this year, but the walks aren't up at all. Out of Francisco, Frazier, Waring (and maybe even Valakia), who do you think is the Red's best option at third long term?
Matt Eddy: Francisco is very intriguing, and he's the guy I'd go with in that group. He's a switch-hitting third baseman with power from both sides of the plate (he led the MWL in HR last season), but you do have to be a little concerned about his strike-zone discipline. A scout recently said that he loves Francisco's hitting hands and bat actions, but wonders if his swing-at-the-first-pitch approach would hinder him as he moves up the ladder.
I want to note that I have never seen Francisco bat both ways. Anyone have Dragons season tickets? I was pretty sure he gave up switch hitting..... Matt Eddy doesn't seem to sure.