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47 Juan Francisco 3B
Height/Weight: 6-2/247 | Birthdate: 6/24/1987 | Birthplace: Bonao, DR | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Boston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $496,250 | Owned/Started%: 19/9 | Average Draft Position: 252.76
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Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Red Sox claimed third baseman Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays, reports WEEI.com. In 287 at-bats this past season, Francisco hit .220 with 16 homers and 43 RBI.

Juan Francisco clubs 16th home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Juan Francisco hit his 16th home run Sunday against the Yankees. 

In the fifth inning, Francisco belted an 83 mph curveball from Shane Greene out to right for the solo shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Juan Francisco drives in four, just misses cycle


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Blue Jays first baseman Juan Francisco narrowly missed hitting for the cycle in Thursday's 8-0 win over the Red Sox. He hit a two-run homer, a two-run single and a triple, finishing with four RBI and two runs scored.

Francisco only needed a double to complete the cycle. He's batting .242 with 15 homers and 39 RBI in 215 at-bats.


Scuffling Juan Francisco not in Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Third baseman Juan Francisco will be riding the bench when the Blue Jays host Boston on Wednesday night. Munenori Kawasaki is set to start at that spot instead.

Francisco is hitless in four games since July 13, going 0 for 11 during that stretch.


Juan Francisco smacks 14th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Blue Jays infielder Juan Francisco went 2 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 5-2 loss to the Angels Monday.

Francisco gave his team a brief 2-1 lead with his fifth-inning home run before the Angels scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. The infielder has struggled to hit since a big May performance, and he is just 15 for 81 with five home runs since the beginning of June. Francisco has hit .237/.311/.521 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI in 190 at-bats.


Juan Francisco nails 13th homer in defeat of Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco has slowed down considerably since a tremendous roll in May, but he has clobbered occasional home runs. He blasted a two-run shot Wednesday afternoon in the fourth inning to help his team beat Milwaukee.

Francisco, who also walked, had had four home runs in the last four weeks. He now has 13 on the season.


Juan Francisco launches 10th home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Juan Francisco got a hold of one on Thursday, launching his 10th home run of the season in his team's 7-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit.

Francisco took starter Justin Verlander deep for a two-run home run in the sixth inning, which proved to be the difference. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. He is hitting .268 with 10 homers and 26 RBI in 123 at-bats.

Juan Francisco drives in four


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Juan Francisco drove in four runs Saturday against the Royals.

The entire Toronto offense exploded Saturday, with Francisco playing a crucial role. He wasted no time getting to work, clubbing a two-run double in the first inning. He later added a run scoring single, and drove in another run via a double. Francisco was also hit by a pitch during the game, reaching base four times.

He finished the contest 3 for 4, with one run scored and four RBI. Francisco is hitting .257, with nine home runs, in 105 at-bats.


Juan Francisco clubs ninth home run in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Blue Jays infielder Juan Francisco went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 9-6 win over the Rays Tuesday.

Francisco is being overshadowed by the power display of teammate Edwin Encarnacion, but the third baseman has seven home runs of his own in the month of May. He has hit .276/.368/.612 with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 98 at-bats.


Juan Francisco catching break against Boston ace lefty


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) A matchup against tough Boston southpaw has hot-hitting Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco on the bench Thursday.

Francisco has three home runs and five runs in his last six games and seven RBI in his last seven games. He owns a .615 slugging percentage that would rank second in baseball if he had enough at-bats to qualify.


Hitters to sit in Week 8


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/17/2014) Planning on starting Josmil Pinto, Juan Francisco, Brandon Phillips, Martin Prado, Jonathan Villar or Chris Colabello in Fantasy Week 8 (May 19-25)? You might want to think twice about that.

I have them all as "sits" in the latest Start and Sit Hitters. Find out why by clicking here.


Juan Francisco delivers sixth home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco connected for his sixth home run Tuesday as part of a 2-for-3 night in his team's 5-4 win over the Indians.

In addition to his solo home run, Francisco drew a walk and knocked an RBI double. He should continue to get the bulk of the starts at third against righties even with Brett Lawrie back. Francisco has hit .293/.386/.600 with six home runs and 16 RBI in 75 at-bats.


Juan Francisco to get more work


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco will receive more playing time even after Brett Lawrie returns, according to Sportsnet

Manager John Gibbons said Francisco would play third, while Lawrie would shift over to second base. Francisco has swung a hot bat lately, with 11 hits in his last nine games. He's hitting .292, with five home runs, in 65 at-bats.


Don't buy into Juan Francisco


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) Juan Francisco homered for a second straight game Thursday, and his numbers since entering the Blue Jays lineup April 19 -- a .311 batting average, five home runs and a 1.026 OPS -- are impressive, to say the least. So should you make a play for him in Fantasy?

I'm inclined to say no, at least in mixed leagues. With the late start, Francisco is only up to 61 at-bats, which are still too few to reveal anything. To put it in perspective, he hit .300 with four home runs and an .839 OPS over his first 60 at-bats last year, and Fantasy owners obviously didn't like where his numbers ended up.

Yes, Francisco has home run power and is in the prime of his career at 26. The Blue Jays also have a history of making superstars out of sluggers reduced to journeyman status, such as Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. But while Bautista and Encarnacion have become among the most disciplined hitters in the majors, Francisco is still striking out about every third at-bat, which over time will likely reduce his batting average to the .230 range.

More likely, this hot streak is the result of him catching the AL by surprise after spending his entire career in the NL to this point. When the league catches up to him, his batting average will fall, and he'll go back to being an all-or-nothing platoon player.


Juan Francisco goes deep in blowout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Blue Jays infielder Juan Francisco extended his hitting streak to seven games Wednesday, in a 10-0 win over the Phillies.

Francisco had just one hit in the game, but he made it count, slugging his fourth home run of the season. He finished the game 1 for 4 with two RBI, giving him 11 in 16 games, while hitting .276 in 58 at-bats. 


Juan Francisco's roster spot safe for now


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wednesday the team will likely take a catcher off the roster to clear a spot Thursday for Adam Lind's expected return from the disabled list. That means Juan Francisco will remain with the team.

Francisco is batting .278 with a .500 slugging percentage, .875 OPS, three home runs and nine RBI in 15 games since joining the Blue Jays roster when Lind went on the disabled list April 18.


Juan Francisco goes deep in victory


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Blue Jays infielder Juan Francisco came up with a big hit Thursday, homering for the third time this season in a 7-3 win over the Royals.

Francisco got the Blue Jays out of an early whole with his two-run home run in the fourth inning. He ultimately went 2 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored, while also striking out twice in the win.

Francsisco has been productive in a part-time role for the Blue Jays, hitting .275/.370/.550 in 40 at-bats.  


Juan Francisco contributing since promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Blue Jays DH Juan Francisco had an RBI single and walked twice during Wednesday's 4-2 loss at Kansas City.

Since being promoted from the minors, Francisco has hit safely in seven of 10 games. He is batting .257 with a .486 slugging percentage, .852 OPS, one triple, two home runs, four RBI, four runs, five walks and 14 strikeouts in that span.


Blue Jays announce several roster moves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) The Blue Jays announced several roster moves before activating shortstop Jose Reyes from the disabled list on Friday.

The team selected the contract of infielder Juan Francisco from Triple-A Buffalo and transferred Maicer Izturis to the 60-day disabled list following a 3-2 win over Cleveland. The team also placed Adam Lind on the 15-day disabled list.

Blue Jays sign Juan Francisco to minor-league deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) The Blue Jays have signed infielder Juan Francisco to a minor-league deal, Sportsnet reports.

The Brewers released Francisco this spring, but he lands with Toronto after about a week on the market. He'll report to Triple-A Buffalo.


Report: Pirates not expected to pursue Juan Francisco


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Pirates are not expected to pursue infielder Juan Francisco once he clears waivers, a source told FOX Sports. The Brewers requested release waivers for Francisco Monday.

Brewers release Juan Francisco


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Brewers announced Monday they have released infielder Juan Francisco, who was batting .346 (9 for 26) with one double, three home runs and six RBI in 13 spring games. He also had eight walks to nine strikeouts.

Juan Francisco on his way out?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Brewers first baseman Juan Francisco's locker has been packed up and cleaned. He is expected to be designated for assignment or dealt in the near future, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday.

Francisco owned a .346/.500/.731 slash line with three home runs and six RBI in 26 at-bats this spring.

Defense going to be key in Brewers' 1B competiton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke hinted Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay could have "an edge" over Juan Francisco and Hunter Morris at first base because of their defensive skills in the field, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Obviously, everybody isn't going to make our team among the first basemen," Roenicke said. "With Overbay and Reynolds, we know from their history what we're getting from them. We know that Juan Francisco has power and is going to hit a lot of home runs if he's the guy. The other guys, they are younger. Hunter Morris struggled a little bit in Triple-A last year but figured it out in the second half, which I really liked. So, we'll see.

"If one of the younger guys steps up, then things change. But going into spring training we do feel we have a veteran presence there. Defense also matters to me a lot there. If we think we're better off defensively with the two veterans, that gives them an edge."


Brewers might use internal options to fill first-base void


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) With spring training getting closer and the free-agent market at first base drying up, the Brewers might have to use internal options to fill the void at first base, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The options would include Juan Francisco and prospect Hunter Morris.

"We did get 21 homers and knocked in 86 runs from that position (in 2013)," said general manager Doug Melvin, who added the .629 OPS of his first basemen was historically low. "But the defense has to improve and you'd like to see a better on-base percentage (than .259).

"We've gone through the list. There just aren't available guys. Texas, at this point, is not willing to talk about (Mitch) Moreland. Seattle is not interested in moving their guys. So, there aren't a lot of choices.

"The Packers went 20 years between Bart Starr and finding Brett Favre. Hopefully, we don't go 20 years trying to find a replacement for Prince Fielder (who left after the 2011 season as a free agent). It might be a situation where we mix and match, or trial and error."