Originally Posted by Kc61
Couple of things you didn't mention. After Balantien completed AAA, he had two trials with the Mariners, hitting .202 in 2008 (260 PAs) and hitting .213 in 170 PAs in 2009.
Another omission is that Balentein's AA stint in 2006 resulted in a .230 BA in a full season with a .772 OPS. Francisco at AA hit .281 with an .818 OPS and was immediately promoted to AAA and the Reds. Where Francisco succeeded.
Francisco also had BABIP's of .444 and .615 at those levels. Rates that are simply astronomical and can't be repeated over anything resembling a stretch of a season.