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Juan Francisco | Third Baseman

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 247
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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

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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

Juan Francisco went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Royals.

Francisco has been productive since the Jays called him up on April 18. His fourth-inning homer off of Jeremy Guthrie was his third of the season in 46 at-bats, and he now owns a .920 OPS. Francisco has been alternating between first base and DH and even got a start at third base on Wednesday.
May 1 - 10:59 PM

Juan Francisco belted his first home run of the 2014 season in a losing effort against the Red Sox on Friday.

The solo blast off Jake Peavy in the seventh inning accounted for the only run the Blue Jays would score in the ballgame. He’s done a nice job as a fill-in for the injured Adam Lind, slashing .368/.455/.632 in his first six games. He’ll continue to have use in AL-only leagues, particularly when facing right-handed pitching.
Apr 25 - 10:07 PM

Blue Jays recalled INF Juan Francisco from Triple-A Buffalo.

With Adam Lind heading to the disabled list with lower back tightness, Francisco will provide additional punch off the bench for the Blue Jays. He could be worth a look in AL-only formats.
Apr 18 - 11:39 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Dioner Navarro
2Josh Thole
3George Kottaras
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Dan Johnson
3Matt Hague
2B1Steve Tolleson
2Munenori Kawasaki
3Ryan Goins
4Maicer Izturis
SS1Jose Reyes
3B1Brett Lawrie
2Juan Francisco
3Danny Valencia
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Anthony Gose
2Kevin Pillar
3Dalton Pompey
4Colby Rasmus
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Adam Lind
2John Mayberry
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1R.A. Dickey
2Mark Buehrle
3Drew Hutchison
4J.A. Happ
5Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Casey Janssen
2Aaron Loup
3Brett Cecil
4Dustin McGowan
5Todd Redmond
6Aaron Sanchez
7Chad Jenkins
8Daniel Norris
9Brandon Morrow
10Sean Nolin
11Kendall Graveman