Two Outfielders: Jeff Francoeur and Mitch Maier

DETROIT, MI - MAY 02: Jeff Francoeur #21 of the Kansas City Royals grounds out in the sixth inning scoring a run by Alex Gordon #4 while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 2, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Kansas City won the game 3-2. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Here are two outfielders on our team:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Mitch Maier 13 36 3 1 1 1 1 4 7 10 1 0 .222 .349 .389



G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Jeff Francoeur 23 91 9 22 5 1 0 4 5 11 0 1 .242 .281 .319


The curious thing that jumps out from Francoeur's batted ball data is that he's been a groundball machine. Jeff's produced a grounder at a 55% rate. He's still swinging often (53.3%) but not really at a higher rate than he's done over his long career. He's making contact at a higher rate even (82%) he's just... apparently... not making good contact. His batting average is likely to go up... a little... but to be honest, we're talking about a career .270 hitter here, not Tony Gwynn.

And we know he's not going to walk, which leaves his power as the really only beneficial part of his game. Hard to hit for power when you're producing groundballs like Jarrod Dyson would dream of.

Francoeur's still putting up good defensive numbers, and as mentioned yesterday, he's always good for an outfield assist.

But given how poorly he's hit, maybe he doesn't need to get a guaranteed start every single day, Ned.

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