April 10, 2012 at 10:32 am by Ben Duronio under Defense
It’s easy to look at Juan Francisco’s errors over the past few games and get sour on him. It was certainly a reason for the loss yesterday. Martin Prado is a better fielder than Francisco, but Francisco is not nearly as bad as he has shown over the past few games.
Francisco has three errors in two games, two of which are of the throwing variety. This is supposed to be his strongest suit, and he has shown pretty solid strength with his arm over the past few games as well. Despite that, he has been inaccurate with a few which has led to baserunners and eventually runs. His range, however, has impressed me. This was pretty unexpected, but he has gotten to a few balls on both sides that I did not expect him to have the ability to get to. He is definitely a large guy, so the range being as solid as it has been has surprised me. DOB is saying he wouldn’t say Francisco is better defensively than Terdoslavich, but I’d be surprised at this point if that were the case.
Offensively, he has hit the ball really hard thus far. It’s been a small sample size, but he’s ripped three line drives and recorded two fly balls — which is what you want out of a guy with Francisco’s skill set. Don’t let early season performances like Francisco’s, who is a better player than he has shown, make you form an opinion on him that isn’t accurate. He is no world beater, but he is not as bad as he has been in these few games either.