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Francisco Looking for Edge Against Breaking Balls
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Francisco has gained some positive results, as he has spent the first two weeks of the exhibition season feasting on fastballs and showing his tremendous power potential. But his desire to earn an everyday role with the Braves will be influenced by his willingness to make himself less susceptible to breaking balls and offspeed pitches. "We're trying to make his swing more efficient where he can actually be more accurate and become less timing-based where you have to time up everything perfectly," Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said. "He's gotten better at it. But he needs to keep fighting to become more efficient and not allow his body and all of his movements take away from his talents."

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