But it is simply not true that he struggles to make contact. Quite the opposite. He has fanned 123 times in well over 500 at bats. That means he strikes out fewer than 1 time per 4 at bats. For a power hitter, that's a very acceptable ratio.
And is he a power hitter. This year, Francisco has a .496 slugging percentage. He has 34 doubles, 5 triples, 23 homers and 92 RBIs. For you batting average fans, he's hit .277. And he gets praise in the publications for his defensive ability. His range factor this year (calculated by games played) is 2.41, much better than the NL average of 2.27. (He's made 17 errors, still too many.) He has a cannon for an arm and great defensive potential.
Even if you are an OBP fan, there would seem potentially to be room in a major league lineup for a promising defensive third sacker with 34 doubles, 23 homers, and 92 RBIs -- all accomplished at a fairly high level after he recently turned 21.
And, of course, on top of all this, Francisco accomplished these numbers in the pitching dominated FSL.
Third baseman of the future? Not sure but he's leading the competition if you ask me. If he's traded, the Reds will be playing against him as a major league starter some day.