Originally Posted by dougdirt
Right now, Francisco would be lucky to hit .250/.275/.450 in the major leagues. His plate approach just won't work in the majors. It hasn't ever worked for anyone in the past and it won't work for him. He certainly could improve things, but right now, he simply isn't ready.
Not that these players were superstars, but some solid players that had peripherals similar to Francisco's at the Major League level include Tony Armas, Cory Snyder, Jim Presley, Don Demeter, Pedro Munoz, Jose Guillen, etc., and I'm sure there are many more.
There's no doubt that Francisco has a lot of room for improvement, but just because something hasn't happened in the past doesn't make it impossible. If you want to bring up history, history shows that a player can overcome his deficiencies as long as other parts of his game are good enough to compensate.
Currently, Carlos Gomez of the Twins has an absolutely horrible K/BB rate, but he's playing everyday because he can compensate with elite defense. Although Francisco doesn't have anything resembling elite defense, he has incredible power and may be able to use that to turn himself into an above-replacement level player or more. Only time will tell. In the meantime, I don't think it's safe to assume that Francisco can't help the Reds win some time soon.