Just for giggles (beware small sample sizes), here are Francisco's OPS numbers at every level since he began his pro career in the States
2006 GCL .712
2006 PIO .750
2007 Day .763
2008 FSL .799
2009 SOU .818
2009 INT .982
2009 NL 1.139
So, he has improved his game every year, and at each level along the way. :-)
Yes, small sample size, for sure. Yet, the trend is unmistakable, and it flies in the face of the oft-heard predictions that he would fail at the next level, at the hands of more advanced pitchers, due to his ugly K/BB ratios.
Anyone have an explanation?
Mine is simply that the guy is a legitimately talented hitter who rises to the level of his competition. Is he a finished product? Not at all. He has some learning to do in the area of plate discipline, but that process has been in evidence already and there's no reason to think it will not continue. I see him going AAA/majors in 2010, and then majors from there on out. Here's a guy who has endeavored to hit his way out of the minors -- not walk his way out -- and I, for one, am glad the Reds have not had him repeat a level, as I'm certain many on here would have had him do.