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Another late-round sleeper, Jeff Francoeur?

Postby Sekrah » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:29 pm

Word is that Frenchy is gonna be on the run this year and may have a shot at 10 steals or so. Let's not forget that this guy drove in 100+ RBIs in his first two full seasons in the majors at age 22 and 23. He then struggled in 2008 and to start 09 with the Braves. He hit 10 HRs after being traded to the Mets in July.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-braves/baseball-fun-again-for-397847.html -- Baseball Fun Again For Francoeur

Clearly, he’s at peace in his new uniform.

The burden of outsized expectations for the Atlanta native, fueled by his dramatic Braves debut at age 21 in 2005 -- a three-run homer in his first game -- and subsequent 100-RBI seasons in ’06 and ’07, finally frayed Francoeur’s effervescence at the edges last year.

“At times I got to the point where I didn’t want to go to the field,’’ he acknowledged reluctantly. “Didn’t want to be there. That’s not how I am.” That mind-set was utterly foreign to him.


Anyone who has 29 HR, 83 R, 103 RBIs as a 22 year old is always worth a late flyer and with signs he's in a better mental place right now I am very happy with him as my 5th outfielder in the 22nd round. He's actually drawn 5 walks this spring (2 in one game!) so maybe he's improving that skillset a little.
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Re: Another late-round sleeper, Jeff Francoeur?

Postby interchange » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:46 pm

Color me a non-believer. Especially in that ballpark.
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Re: Another late-round sleeper, Jeff Francoeur?

Postby dc928 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:23 pm

He isn't getting drafted in any of my draft. I don't think he will be close to 20/20 but .280 15/10 is a possibility.
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Re: Another late-round sleeper, Jeff Francoeur?

Postby wildbill » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:26 pm

interchange wrote:Color me a non-believer. Especially in that ballpark.

Maybe if he played in the other New York ballpark, but I agree not in this one. At least not in average mixed leagues.
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Re: Another late-round sleeper, Jeff Francoeur?

Postby MTUCache » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:33 pm

Anytime an underperforming post-post-hype "sleeper" ends up getting a second look from the Mets management, I think you can count them out for fantasy baseball success.

Just sayin', if the Mets are interested, I'm probably not....
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Re: Another late-round sleeper, Jeff Francoeur?

Postby Pochucker » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:55 pm

Not interested , have drank the kool aid before -- he is what he is. Luckily last year I traded him after month or so for Scot Baker.
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Re: Another late-round sleeper, Jeff Francoeur?

Postby Maris09 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:14 pm

It looked to me like they changed his stance around a little when he came over from Atlanta mid year.
His 2nd half was the best he's had since that first season he came up: .307, 10 HR, 40 RBI in 280 AB with the Mets.

I'm not super excited, but for not being drafted it might be worth a shot.
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Re: Another late-round sleeper, Jeff Francoeur?

Postby Matthias » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:23 pm

Sekrah wrote:Word is that Frenchy is gonna be on the run this year and may have a shot at 10 steals or so. Let's not forget that this guy drove in 100+ RBIs in his first two full seasons in the majors at age 22 and 23. He then struggled in 2008 and to start 09 with the Braves. He hit 10 HRs after being traded to the Mets in July.

Actually, let's do forget that. That's the only reason we may make a mistake by drafting him still.
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Re: Another late-round sleeper, Jeff Francoeur?

Postby The Mighty Trow » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:36 pm

I'm okay with him in the Metco... 308 PA, .311 with 10 HR and 41 RBI, though his BABIP likely had something to do with that. He doesn't make my top 300 but he's definitely on my OF watch list.
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