Originally Posted by nemesis
Francisco has more offensive potiential than Frazier. To me that defines a prospect. As far as his .718 OPS vs LH Alonso's is .070 LOWER...throw out his year in Dayton it's like .730ish. Which isnt bad for a 22 year old who doesn't walk that often who has played in 5 levels... sucessfully, in 3 years... As far as walking more... Tejada a Multi MVP winner... walked 19 times all year. So it can be done. He doesn't walk because he makes solid contact and puts the ball in play. If he was a leadoff guy that would be a problem. But he isn't, he is a RBI guy. I want those guys in my lineup to swing often and swing hard.
Tejada has 1 MVP. In that season he walked 38 times and struck out 84 times in 715 plate appearances. That is a strikeout rate of 11.7%. Juan Francisco has never come close to anything like that. If he could make contact at such a rate, there would be absolutely no problem with his offensive game because he would project to be a high average guy. Since he projects to strike out about 50-75% more than that, it is a problem. Tejada this year had a strikeout rate of 7.1%. Francisco has never been within 10% of that rate in his life. You are reaching a mile to try and make a comparison here and its just not going to hold any water.
As for him being an RBI guy.... don't you want the guys behind him to also have RBI's? They won't get many if Francisco isn't getting to first base, which swinging early and often is going to make happen unless he turns into Miguel Tejada in terms of strikeouts, which he has shown absolutely nothing close to in his entire career.