Yeah, I’m deliberately trying to counter the foaming schadenfreude and bad-faith comparisons in this thread, yours included. Cordero, Renfroe and Dalbec are roughly similar players, and it’s taken them all the same number of plate appearances this year to make adjustments and come around.
We’re not talking about some late-career, injury wrecked guy like Allen Craig or noodle bat like James Loney. The WMP comparisons are still lazy and wrong too. Wily Mo led baseball in swinging strikes when strikeouts were much more rare than they are now. Cordero whiffs a lot, but some of his issues have been pitch recognition and watching hittable strikes go by. There are a lot of modern-day players who make it work with Cordero’s contact rate, and few who can hit it as hard as he does. His contemporaries from today’s game are guys like Tyler O’Neill, Ryan Mountcastle, Adolis Garcia and Bobby Dalbec. Success stories in this mold are guys like Teoscar Hernandez. If you want a historical Red Sox player, I’d suggest he’s closer to Carlos Peña than Wily Mo.
And he’s clearly getting better. Since May 6, Franchy has hit 6 balls in play classified as barrels or solid contact. That’s fifth on the team, tied with J.D. Martinez, Bogaerts and Vazquez, and in much fewer PAs. By comparison, he had only 2 from the beginning of the season until May 5.
I think players like Franchy Cordero are exciting, and I’d like for him to succeed — not get run out of town by the wolves on WEEI. He may still benefit from some time in Worcester (mostly because Danny Santana is gonna be excellent for us), but I’m looking forward to him being a lineup mainstay the next several years. The guy just hit the ball 474 feet off one of the best pitchers in baseball. Let’s give him the same patience we’ve given Dalbec and let him figure it out.
Nothing would make me happier than for Franchy to succeed and hit 30 HR for us this year. (And I wouldn't advocate changing the roster if he began to turn it around. Yesterday was a start.)
I know you think Franchy has a level of talent/ability/skill that will allow him to succeed as a ML player. He's young, and has a track record of 4 partial MLB seasons. He's done average-to well in the minors, and has at least passably hit RHH MLB pitchers. So, some combination of approach and skill indicate he can likely do that in the future.
However, his ability is a side issue.
He hasn't been hitting well at all this year for the ML club. Not even when split for handedness. 88 PAs v. RHP - .516 OPS. 14 PAs v. LHP - .397. Which indicates even Cora views him as a platoon bat.
His only saving grace is that he's been not-nearly-as-dreadful with RISP. 29 PAs, .695 OPS.
There's no indication that he's going to get overall better results. That's because things like hit-speed/distance/barrels don't account for overall approach. Franchy can moon-shot something every 50th at bat, harder than anyone else, and that simply won't make him a viable major leaguer. No matter how many tweets it generates.
Most importantly, Franchy has options. It's not the Sox's duty
to continue to run a failing player out there, so he can maybe find his way.
As of today, the Sox are tied with Tampa Bay. Through luck or skill they have a leg up on this season they might leverage into a post-season berth. And that in a season when most weren't expecting such. Whether Franchy develops in the majors or minors is the most minuscule of side issues. I mean, I wouldn't trade the farm for a 2021 run, but I wouldn't write the year off either and treat it like a late-career Tom Kelly Twins team.
Franchy should have been getting regular ABs in the minors last week. If he bursts into flame, they can always call him back up.