- Aug 24, 2004
I suspect it will all come down to his contact rate. How much of the hand - eye coordination in hitting can teaching actually improve; a lot of it must come down to repetition, which Franchy certainly has had. With pitching teams can go with a fill the box approach even if command is lacking, but I don’t see a corollary on putting the bat to the ball.It may be that hitting analogues — swing or plate approach tweaks — are slower to implement. But in recent weeks watching Franchy, I see a rising contact rate, a falling strikeout rate, more hard contact and more hits in the fast-stabilizing stats. And, you know, he's gained 100 points of OPS in four games. I doubt that torrid pace will continue, but if I were running the team, I would give it a few more weeks; if he's still sporting a (I don't know) sub-.600 OPS, then I'd look at optioning him at that point.