Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
Way too small of sample sizes to make conclusions from. But if there is some evidence provided by scouts that he has made strides and is a different player than his career minor league numbers indicate then I'm with you...
Every year, Francisco adjusts to a new level and takes off in the second half. This year was no exception. It's a pattern for his whole career.
Career minor league average stats are meaningless because, by definition, these are young players improving. You have to look at the trajectory. Season by season, half by half.
Francisco's walk rate is low, but he's hit very well at every level as he became more comfortable there. People said this would stop in the higher levels. That proved to be wrong. He only got better at the higher levels.
The last hurdle for him is to deal with adjustments at the major league level. Pitchers will adjust to him. He will have to adjust back. It's what Jay Bruce is going through right now.
I think JF can and will do it. Others disagree.