Indians DFA Jason Michaels, and called up Francisco. I was hopeful that they would make him the everyday left fielder to start the season, but stuck with Dellucci and Michaels platoon out there.
Now Francisco comes up and I think he's here to stay.
2006 - AAA - .278/.345, 17HR, 59RBI, 25SB in 134 Games 2007 - AAA - .318/.382, 12HR, 51RBI, 22SB in 95 Games
He doesn't strike out a ton, hits for good power, good speed. He was up for a few games right after Westbrook went on the DL. He had to go back to make room for Sowers/Laffey to get their starts in the rotation filling in for Jake.
I'm not saying he's guaranteed to be an instant success, but in deeper leagues he may be worth a pickup, and you might want to keep an eye on him now in all leagues. With the crappiness that is the indians LF situation, and the way their offense is producing right now, Francisco could provide a spark to get things going. I'm excited to see what he can do.
RotoWire.com Staff - RotoWire.com May 6, 1:14 pm EDT
Update: Francisco could be more than just a platoon player this time around with the Indians, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Recommendation: His ability to handle both right and left handers could get him in the lineup on most nights and was the big reason why we liked his chances to surprise in our preseason outlook. “We think he could be more than a platoon player. He hits right and lefthanders. This will give Eric Wedge a chance to keep David Dellucci healthy and strong in left field. Ben can also spell Franklin Gutierrez in right field,” general manager Mark Shapiro said.
yea 13 of 24 hits gone for XB. and quite a few of those doubles are off the wall, just missing HR. When Victor was out, he hit in the 4 hole. Hits both RHP and LHP well, and can play both RF and LF. You may want to give this guy a look.