I’ve always been of a mind that Juan Francisco was pretty heavily overrated by the Reds organization. I love his power, but Francisco has always seemed like Wily Mo Pena Lite.
The Reds organization has seemed to have a pretty high opinion of the big guy and, let’s be honest, they know more than I do. For the first time, however, there seems to be trouble in paradise:
It sounds as if the Reds are running out of patience with third baseman Juan Francisco.
Francisco (strained calf) made his spring debut Tuesday, flying out in a pinch-hit at-bat.
Obviously, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s way behind. Too far to catch up?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got enough time,Ã¢â‚¬Â Reds manager Dusty Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s behind. Part of that is if he had rehabbed properly in the wintertime. Part of that is came into camp one of the few guys overweight.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The guys that came in ready, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t shelve them because he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t (come in ready).Ã¢â‚¬Â
Francisco is 10 to 12 pounds overweight. It was mentioned that it is hard to lose weight when you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t run.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Then you got to stop eating,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said.
I’d love to see this little rift open the door for Todd Frazier to make this team. Frazier could help this team in so many different ways; it just makes too much sense.
On the other hand, Francisco swings a left-handed bat, so he still has the inside edge, I’m guessing. The situation bears watching.