Originally Posted by BuckeyeRedleg
Another thing with Francisco is that although is BB numbers have pretty much stayed the same from low A in 2007 to AA, AAA, and the MLB in 2009, his K numbers are decreasing.
So, as he moves up the ladder, he appears to be making better contact, even if his plate discipline is still lacking.
Francisco has huge plate coverage. He fairly easily gets to pitches just off the outside of the plate. So he is presented with the following dilemma: swing and often hit those pitches, or take them and get balls and walks.
This explains, to me, his low walk rate. He can hit pitches just outside -- pitches that other batters will take.
There are successful bad ball hitters. However, as a young (June) 22 year old, it is also possible that JF may learn that it's best not to swing at those slightly outside pitches.
The bad scenario is someone who doesn't recognize outside pitches. I think JF does -- he just is able to reach them pretty well.
From what I saw, the one area of need for him is recognizing off speed pitches, a common point of growth for young hitters. Even in two weeks with the Reds, he seemed to improve on this.