Brad‘s on vacation, so Dayn Perry on Francoeur:
The Braves were certainly pleased when OF Jeff Francoeur made a remarkably speedy recovery from a broken cheekbone. Francoeur, the best non-Andy Marte position prospect in the system, was initially expected to miss the balance of the season after incurring the injury in early July. Instead, he was sidelined just over a month.
At High-A Myrtle Beach, probably the most brutal park for hitters in pro ball, Francoeur hit .293/.346/.508 in 87 games. While the plate discipline leaves much to be desired (19 unintentional walks in 364 plate appearances), the power is for real. When a 20-year-old puts up an ISO .215 and cracks an extra-base hit every eight at-bats while toiling at Myrtle Beach, he’s a praiseworthy talent. Francoeur also boasts a cannon arm, and he has the defensive chops to stick in center and perhaps be a plus defender there.
Earlier this month, the Braves promoted him to Double-A Greenville. It’s only been five games, but that one of the best organizations in baseball saw fit to promote a player so young to the high minors just days after his return from a serious injury speaks volumes. Right now, he looks like another Georgia-reared prep draftee made good.
The Braves’ player-procurement strategy is neither de rigeur nor one I’d strictly adhere to myself, but, my gosh, they do it well.