Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:28:42 -0700
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Juan Francisco is hitting .235 with 31 runs batted in during his stint with the Brewers, and he has struck out 84 times in 217 at-bats. Since a two-homer, four-RBI game in Texas on Aug. 14, Francisco has been in a downward spiral at the plate that's seen him go 7-for-44 (.159) with no multi-hit games, two RBIs and 23 strikeouts.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 14:31:26 -0700
The Milwaukee Brewers are expected to place 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) on the 15-day disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: Juan Francisco may be the one to see most of the playing time at third base while Ramirez is out of the lineup. Francisco was seeing time at first base, but Sean Halton and Yuniesky Betancourt likely will handle the first-base duties. Halton and Betancourt likely will not have much value in NL-only leagues because they likely will be splitting time.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 05:26:57 -0700
The Milwaukee Brewers considered moving 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) to first base because his mobility has been limited due to a knee injury. However, they opted not to because of the historical value of the numbers he has put up. 3B Juan Francisco is expected to play first base.
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 08:51:52 -0700
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired 3B Juan Francisco from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for P Tom Keeling.
Fantasy Tip: Francisco should benefit from the move into a hitters' park, and he has big power. He could platoon at first base with Yuniesky Betancourt until Corey Hart (knee) returns. The move doesn't change his value too much, but there is upside due to the park factor.
Thu, 30 May 2013 18:50:30 -0700
Early indications are the Atlanta Braves will be able to trade 3B Juan Francisco within the next few days. Francisco was designated for assignment.
Thu, 30 May 2013 12:07:43 -0700
The Atlanta Braves designated 3B Juan Francisco for assignment Thursday, May 30.
Fantasy Tip: Francisco had cooled off this month, hitting only .159 with one homer and five RBIs in 44 at-bats. His power potential likely means he'll be scooped up by another team or traded by Atlanta. Chris D. Johnson gains significant value in all leagues as a result.
Thu, 09 May 2013 14:22:41 -0700
The Atlanta Braves platoon at third base between 3Bs Juan Francisco and Chris D. Johnson has worked out very well. Francisco, who hits left-handed, is hitting .302 with five home runs in 63 at-bats, and Johnson, who swings from the right side, is batting .419 (13-for-31) with two home runs against southpaws. Johnson actually hit better against righties last year, but Johnson focused on improving against lefties in the offseason, and he worked extensively with hitting coach Greg Walker. "My bat path," Johnson said. "Two things I try to focus on is being on time and keeping a strong path through the zone, not try to be in and out. (He's kept his hands lower in his stance this year.) If I have a good path then my bat stays in the zone a long time, it gives you more of a chance to stay in the middle of the field and get some hits."
Fantasy Tip: Johnson and Francisco should both be owned in deep enough mixed universes since Atlanta is putting them both in excellent spots to succeed with the bats. Francisco's power is more intriguing, and he could hit 20 to 25 homers with enough at-bats under his belt. Johnson was more productive when he was playing every day with Freddie Freeman on the DL, so his current pace may not last, however.
Fri, 03 May 2013 18:23:26 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Braves announced 3B Juan Francisco (ankle) is considered day to day after leaving the game Friday, May 3, due to a mild right ankle sprain.
Fri, 03 May 2013 17:05:33 -0700
Atlanta Braves 3B Juan Francisco (ankle) left the game Friday, May 3, after suffering a twisted right ankle in the third inning. INF Ramiro Pena took over for Francisco.
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:34:12 -0700
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't plan to announce a winner in the third base competition between 3Bs Juan Francisco and Chris D. Johnson anytime soon, meaning they'll likely be involved in a platoon to start the season. Francisco is hitting .353 (18-for-51) with five home runs, 11 RBIs and a .686 slugging percentage in 18 games and Johnson is hitting .352 (19-for-54) with three home runs, 11 RBIs and a .537 slugging percentage in 20 games. Francisco eliminated some of the inward turn of his right knee in his batting stance over the winter.
Fantasy Tip: Francisco is the more intriguing fantasy player here, but he loses some luster in a platoon scenario. The power is real, but he'll need to make more contact and improve against lefties to completely knock Johnson out of the picture.