Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
Just because he's willing to swing at bad pitches and able to actually make some contact on them doesn't mean he'll consistently do anything good with it. You say he'll sacrifice some walks for hits, but it's far more likely he'll be sacrificing those walks for outs instead. Sure he may get a handful of hits as well but ultimately it's not gonna be very fruitful overall.
Obviously, the guy has to be a productive hitter to make that work. He has to combine power and average. That's a given. A .245 average with few walks and 45 homers won't feed the bulldog as a cleanup hitter. But a .295 average with few walks and 45 homers will. That's a lot of total bases, and consequently a lot of runs produced.
Whether Francisco can be that guy is another question. Personally, I see him trending that way. I respect the argument about the K/BB rate, but I also respect the numbers that Francisco puts up with a regularity that escalates as he moves along. I think he has a gift for driving in runs.