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Juan Francisco | Third Baseman

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 247
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Red Sox non-tendered 3B Juan Francisco.
Francisco was designated for assignment last week to clear a roster spot for Hanley Ramirez, so the writing was already on the wall. Francisco would have been arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old is now a free agent. Dec 2 - 4:36 PM

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Red Sox designated 3B Juan Francisco for assignment.

Francisco's stay in Boston was brief, as the team grabbed him off waivers from the Blue Jays less than a week prior. Francisco was insurance in the event the club couldn't land a big-name third baseman. He was DFA'd to make room for Hanley Ramirez, but Francisco won't be out of a job for long.
Nov 25 - 6:13 PM

Red Sox claimed 3B Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays.

He could be non-tendered if the Red Sox are able to reel in Pablo Sandoval. As it stands right now, though, Francisco is an option at third base along with Will Middlebrooks. Francisco belted 16 homers in just 320 at-bats for the Jays this season but hit only .220/.291/.456 overall. MLBTradeRumors.com projects him to make $2.2 million in his second year of arbitration.
Nov 19 - 3:26 PM

Juan Francisco is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's afternoon tilt against the Yankees.

It's merely a routine day of rest for Francisco against southpaw Chris Capuano. Shawn Tolleson will get the start at third base while Dan Johnson functions as the Jays designated hitter.
Jul 26 - 11:05 AM

Juan Francisco missed a cycle by a double and drove in four runs Thursday in the win over the Red Sox.

Francisco's second-inning triple should have been caught -- it deflected off Jackie Bradley Jr.'s glove -- but it was a well-hit ball. The homer was his 15th in 215 at-bats this season. He's always going to strike out too much to hit for average, but he's been quite a contributor this season.
Jul 24 - 3:53 PM

Juan Francisco clubbed a two-run homer in a win over the Orioles on Friday night.

It was his 11th home run of the season. Francisco has predictably come back down to Earth since his hot start, but he remains a useful power option in fantasy leagues against right-handed pitching.
Jun 13 - 10:30 PM

Juan Francisco clubbed a two-run homer in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.

Francisco has predictably dropped off from a batting average perspective over the past couple of weeks, but the power has remained a constant. The 26-year-old has hit 10 home runs in just 123 at-bats and owns a .593 slugging percentage and a .943 OPS. He's a must-start when a right-hander is on the hill.
Jun 5 - 4:21 PM

Juan Francisco had three hits, including two doubles, and four RBI against the Royals on Saturday.

Francisco had lost some playing time of late and entered today's game in a 1-for-16 slump since May 19. But that is Juan Francisco. The power will stick around, but between his streakiness and his defensive limitations, he's not always an easy guy to fit on a major league roster. He's probably not going to be worth playing in mixed leagues again until someone ahead of him gets hurt.
May 31 - 4:19 PM

Juan Francisco went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Francisco went deep off of Josh Lueke in the seventh inning for his ninth home run of the season. He was one of three Jays who went deep, helping extend the Jays' streak of games with a home run to ten. Francisco is slashing an impressive .276/.368/.612 with 20 RBI in only 114 plate appearances.
May 27 - 10:13 PM

Juan Francisco hit his eighth homer as part of a 2-for-4 day on Sunday, but he also committed two errors in a loss to the Rangers.

The Blue Jays have to keep Francisco's bat in the lineup against right-handers, but the downside struck in a big way today; not only did he commit two errors, but Brett Lawrie, playing out of position, committed one at second. Francisco's homer was his third in five games and sixth of the month. He'll keep starting against right-handers, someway, somehow.
May 18 - 6:44 PM

Juan Francisco went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Indians.

It seems like Francisco is homering every other day. Thursday's shot, of the solo variety, came against Danny Salazar in the second inning, bringing his total up to seven on the season in just 95 plate appearances. Francisco is also slugging .622, which ranks second-best among hitters with at least 90 plate appearances, trailing only Troy Tulowitzki's .750.
May 15 - 10:49 PM

Juan Francisco went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI double, and a solo home run as the Blue Jays defeated the Indians on Tuesday.

Francisco's sixth-inning RBI double proved to be the winning run as the Jays pulled off the one-run victory over the Tribe. Francisco also drilled a solo shot in the fifth inning off of Justin Masterson, his sixth of the season. Francisco cooled off a bit after an exorbitantly hot start to the month of May, but is still slashing .293/.386/.600 in 88 plate appearances.
May 13 - 9:46 PM

Juan Francisco went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

Francisco has now struck out in six straight at-bats. While he has swung the bat well since joining the Jays, this shouldn't a surprise given his 33 percent career strikeout rate. Regardless, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons plans to give Brett Lawrie (hamstring) more playing time at second base once he returns to action in order to keep Francisco's bat in the lineup.
May 10 - 4:16 PM

Juan Francisco went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a solo home run, and scored three times in Thursday's win against the Phillies.

Francisco has been on fire, having hit consecutively in eight games and homered in back-to-back games. Thursday's homer was a solo shot against Luis Garcia, his fifth of the season. In just 17 games, Francisco has 12 RBI and a staggering .311/.403/.623 slash line.
May 8 - 10:31 PM

Juan Francisco went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

Francisco's two-run homer in the seventh inning, off of Cliff Lee, was part of a nine-run frame that put the game far out of reach. The blast is Francisco's fourth in 16 games -- he made his 2014 debut on April 19. The Jays are quite happy the Brewers couldn't find room for him as Francisco is sporting a .276/.368/.534 slash line.
May 7 - 9:37 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2Ryan Hanigan
3Dan Butler
4Blake Swihart
1B1Mike Napoli
2Allen Craig
3Travis Shaw
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Sean Coyle
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Garin Cecchini
LF1Hanley Ramirez
2Brock Holt
3Bryce Brentz
CF1Rusney Castillo
2Jackie Bradley
RF1Shane Victorino
2Mookie Betts
3Daniel Nava
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Joe Kelly
5Justin Masterson
6Anthony Ranaudo
7Brandon Workman
8Eduardo Rodriguez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Anthony Varvaro
5Tommy Layne
6Heath Hembree
7Drake Britton
8Edwin Escobar
9Steven Wright
10Matt Barnes
11Zeke Spruill
12Nestor Molina