Francisco gets a crack at joining the overcrowded group battling for left field on Tuesday. He has played third base and left field in his four-year minor league career.
The man can hit home runs, that is for certain. He hit two homers on Saturday against the Cubs and is batting .267 after wearing a size-three collar today against the Oakland A's.
The 22-year-old joins Joey Votto and Jay Bruce as a power hitter from the left side of the plate.
On a possible switch to left field, Francisco said, "I feel really comfortable with it," with teammate Yonder Alonso translating the Spanish. "Thank God that in the Dominican, I was able to play it a lot. I'm excited to play over there."
There is already a logjam of young talent in the outfield with Drew Stubbs and Chris Dickerson battling for the center field spot, and Jonny Gomes , Dickerson, Todd Frazier , Daniel Dorn , Chris Heisey, and Layne Nix in left.
Francisco averaged 25 HRs each full year in the minors. He could be a left-handed Edwin Encarnacion as far as that goes. Double E was good for 20-25 HR each year, though his glove was erratic.
His one issue: strikeouts. There were only 24 walks last season compared to 115 strikeouts in the minors.
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