Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Worcester.

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After last night's game: .379/.419/.897 in 31 PA with 2bb/9k, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 HRs in AAA

If you were to combine his AAA line with his MLB line, he would be hitting .226/.273/.419. That's a serviceable player.

I know you can't really do that because AAA is not MLB. It's more to show how small his sample size is when 31 PA increased his line by .047/.045/.145. 31 PA increases his sample size by 30%.
 
Franchy's a career .391 wOBA hitter in AAA not counting his 2021 numbers. If he can sustain numbers significantly over that in AAA this year then it's likely that he will earn some more looks at the major league level, especially if the stats are supported by noticeable changes in approach.

He might have been on the cusp of figuring it out when he was sent down, or he might just be a quintessential AAAA player. There's no way for us to know any time soon.
 

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It’s worth noting that the Sox Prospect guys have talked about there being a wind tunnel effect at Polar Park. Probably not a factor if you’re hitting it over the batting eye, but something to keep in mind when evaluating other performances from Worcester.
 

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It’s worth noting that the Sox Prospect guys have talked about there being a wind tunnel effect at Polar Park. Probably not a factor if you’re hitting it over the batting eye, but something to keep in mind when evaluating other performances from Worcester.
I did see back-to-back-to-back home runs in Polar Park yesterday, one of them by former binky Blake Swihart (who hit a 2nd one later in the game). The ball does seem to fly out of there.
 

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Time for a Franchy update:

He’s now hitting .435/.480/.826 for a 1.306 OPS since being sent down on 5/27. He’s 12 for his last 22, with, three doubles, two homers, two walks and one strikeout.

Importantly, Cordero’s K rate in Worcester is 20%. Milwaukee’s Keston Hiura, who could be seen as a kind of analog to our guy this year, is putting up similarly gaudy numbers in AAA, but with a much more alarming 34% K rate.

Duran’s AAA numbers: .263/.372/.588, with a 12.8 % BB rate and 26.6% K rate.

Chavis’ Worcester stint is not going as well — .230/.299/.295, with a 6% BB rate and 29.9% K rate.
 

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Time for a Franchy update:

He’s now hitting .435/.480/.826 for a 1.306 OPS since being sent down on 5/27. He’s 12 for his last 22, with, three doubles, two homers, two walks and one strikeout.
It's more interesting than that even. In AAA, Franchy's had 13 AB v. lefties. He's got 5Ks, 4 singles, and a walk. SSS to be sure, but it reads as a 35% K rate with a .665 OPS. (A marginal improvement over Boston - 12 AB, 4Ks, 2 singles, and a walk.)

IMO, the above is close enough to shrug between MLB and AAA. However, his results against righties is where the massive change occurs.

He's absolutely murdering righties: 33 AB with 4 doubles, a triple, and 4 homers for a 1.558 OPS with a 14% K rate.
(Compare to 83 AB in Boston where his OPS was .516 with a 37% K rate.)

Anyone care to drill down further on pitch type or the like?

Is he doing anything different in terms of putting balls in play?
 

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It seemed like at the beginning of the season the idea was a likely Renfroe vs LHP/Franchy vs RHP platoon in RF. Unfortunately Franchy's early struggles probably threw a wrinkle into that, and now Renfroe has 136 PA against RHP with a line of .227/.257/.398 (not good!). It might soon be time to revist that early season plan
 

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Well, Cordero had an 0 for 4 last night, so now he's only hitting .400 in AAA with a 1.204 OPS.
0/4 with 2k. Brings it up to 54 PA, 4bb/12k. 22.2% K rate. If he could get under 30% in the majors, he'd might be something.

.400/.444/.760 with a .471 BAbip (16 hits/34 bip).

12 games played, 7 multi hit games, 3 3 hit games, 2 hitless games and only 1 game he failed to hit or walk.
 

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I didn’t realize until just now that Franchy was a shortstop for a few years before moving to the outfield. The numbers say he was a butcher at short, but it does make me wonder if he could don a first-baseman’s mitt and quickly become a passable defender.
 

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I didn’t realize until just now that Franchy was a shortstop for a few years before moving to the outfield. The numbers say he was a butcher at short, but it does make me wonder if he could don a first-baseman’s mitt and quickly become a passable defender.
I've wondered the same thing, but I'm not sure he get's to the point of being serviceable in a time frame that suits the team's needs. He's probably best left to figure out his stroke if he's going to be of any help in the short term.
 

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I've wondered the same thing, but I'm not sure he get's to the point of being serviceable in a time frame that suits the team's needs. He's probably best left to figure out his stroke if he's going to be of any help in the short term.
I dunno. Often times when a minor leaguer is close to being called up but is blocked by a player, they switch to a different position for like 10-15 games and then are promoted to the show.

It happened with Xander Bogaerts (10 games at 3b in the minors). To a lesser extent it happened to Mookie Betts (47 games in the OF after moving from 2b).

I don't think Cordero would need more than 15-20 games at 1b in the minors to see if he's capable or not.
 

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I dunno. Often times when a minor leaguer is close to being called up but is blocked by a player, they switch to a different position for like 10-15 games and then are promoted to the show.

It happened with Xander Bogaerts (10 games at 3b in the minors). To a lesser extent it happened to Mookie Betts (47 games in the OF after moving from 2b).

I don't think Cordero would need more than 15-20 games at 1b in the minors to see if he's capable or not.
My point being, I'm not sure that he needs to figure out hitting AND figure out a new position at the same time. The Sox have a need in the outfield, if he can become a productive bat let him concentrate on maintaining that part of his game.
 
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I didn’t realize until just now that Franchy was a shortstop for a few years before moving to the outfield. The numbers say he was a butcher at short, but it does make me wonder if he could don a first-baseman’s mitt and quickly become a passable defender.
First base is hard. Look at the stretches that Bobby D, Chavis, Moreland, etc. have made of less than perfect throws from Devers? You think Franchy could do that regularly?
 

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First base is hard. Look at the stretches that Bobby D, Chavis, Moreland, etc. have made of less than perfect throws from Devers? You think Franchy could do that regularly?
The easy part at 1B is fielding the position. The hard part is receiving throws. Bobby D has had his struggles with the latter and he's considered at least decent with the glove. He's getting better, but there is definitely a learning curve. It's a falsehood that you can just drop anyone there and get competent defense.
 

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It seemed like at the beginning of the season the idea was a likely Renfroe vs LHP/Franchy vs RHP platoon in RF. Unfortunately Franchy's early struggles probably threw a wrinkle into that, and now Renfroe has 136 PA against RHP with a line of .227/.257/.398 (not good!). It might soon be time to revist that early season plan
One problem with that is that there are a lot more RHP than LHP, about 2.5 to 1. Do we really want to see Franchy in the field and Hunter on the bench at that ratio? Learn how to hit righties better, Hunter, goddammit!