Re: juan francisco at short?
Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
I don't know how you term a guy that struggles to reach base at a .300 clip in A & A+ ball a "prospect" at all.
.220 ISO in pitcher's league in a pitcher's park will keep you on people's radar. As long as Fransisco can make enough contact in the zone to keep pitcher's honest, I expect his BB rate will increase quite a bit as he matures and starts laying off more stuff out of his reach. With the damage he can do when he makes contact, pitchers will respect him.
He clearly needs to make improvements in terms of his plate discipline, but when you're in A and AA, you nurture upside.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.