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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Join Royals Review

You must be a member of Royals Review to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Royals Review. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker