Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
Anybody who saw Francisco's ABs in Cincy has to recognize he can be selective if he wants to be. And, contrary to what the BA guy said in his chat, Francisco showed he could handle offspeed stuff while he was up with the Reds. Sure, small sample, but when you see a young hitter excel like that, you have good reason to suspect he can excel in the long run, too. The only issue that concerns me is where he plays.
Like I noted, I was certainly impressed with some of his pitch selection in Cincinnati (he did still strike out 28% of the time he stepped to the plate). But I also saw 150 at bats of his this year and some of them were not pretty, at all. I like what I have seen from a few guys as far as their plate approach goes from the minors to the majors, so I really do hope that someone said the right thing to him and he can be more selective like he was in Cincinnati.
As for the 'he can handle offspeed stuff'.... when its over the middle of the plate, yes, he can. When its on the inner half, he is not very good at all from what I watched this season.