Jeff Francoeur
Jeff Francoeur
35-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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There was no outlook written for Jeff Francoeur in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor league contract with the Braves in February of 2016.
Traded to Marlins
OFMiami Marlins  
August 24, 2016
Francoeur was traded to the Marlins on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
The Marlins were looking to add a right-handed hitting outfielder to the roster. He will likely play most often in right field. The 32-year-old is slashing .249/.290/.381 on the season.
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Francoeur posted an unremarkable in 2016, as his 0.2 WAR signified that he almost exactly fit the bill of a replacement-level player. However, his 2016 season was actually an improvement from 2015, as he was able to increase both his on-base and slugging percentage. In 2016, the 32-year-old slashed .254/.297/.378 to go along with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 31 plate appearances. While Francoeur was able to raise his abysmal 2015 walk rate of 3.8 percent to 6.0 percent in 2016, it still was nothing to write home about. Additionally, the Miami outfielder's .333 BABIP was the highest since his rookie year, which would provide significant reason to believe his numbers will regress at least slightly in 2017. Francoeur is currently a free agent, but has a good chance to find a role as a fourth outfielder and replacement-level bat in 2017. The question will be whether he can get on base enough despite his reputation as a free-swinger who walks very rarely.
Francoeur revived his career with the Phillies last year, hitting .258/.286/.433 with 13 home runs in 326 at-bats. He really liked playing at Citizen's Bank Park, where he hit nine of his 13 home runs with an .833 OPS compared to a .619 OPS on the road. At this point in his career, Francoeur is best suited to a fourth outfielder role like how he was used in Philly last season. He would like to return to the Phillies, but it is unclear if there is mutual interest from the new front office. Given the home/road splits last year, Francoeur's fantasy value this season could be severely impacted if he signs with a team with a ballpark that is more favorable to pitchers.
Francoeur spent last season with the Padres organization, appearing in 10 major league games and 115 Triple-A contests. The 30-year-old found success at Triple-A El Paso, hitting .289/.320/.450 with 69 RBI and 15 home runs in 456 at-bats. However, in 24 at-bats for the Padres, he notched only two hits while striking out seven times. He'll look to his opportunity with the Phillies to rejuvenate his once-promising career.
Coming off a career year in 2011 that saw him hit .285 with 20 home runs and 22 stolen bases, expectations for Francoeur ran high for the 2012 season. Unfortunately, his season started off on the wrong foot and while he showed some flashes of his potential, he never regained his footing and spent the entire year failing to dig himself out of the hole created by his inability to hit for power or average. He started to come around during the final month of the season but it was too little, too late, and he finished the year batting just .235 with 16 home runs and four stolen bases while posting a career-low .287 on-base percentage. Despite his decline last season and historically poor on-base numbers, the Royals doubled down on his job security by trading away Will Myers in the James Shields deal and he'll begin the season as the starting right fielder.
Francoeur showed in 2011 that he still had plenty left in the tank as he hit .285/.329/.476 with 20 home runs and a career-high 22 stolen bases. Some of his success can be attributed to a .323 BABIP, which helped him post his highest batting average in four seasons, but he also had a spike in power, which makes sense for someone in their prime years (he'll be 28 years old this season). The stolen bases have more to do with manager Ned Yost than they do Francoeur as the entire Royals team was given the green light in 2011. Don't be fooled into thinking this is the beginning of a renaissance for Francoeur (his 80 percent contact rate is right in line with career norms) as he's more likely to revert back to his mean numbers and rates, than to post another career year in 2012.
Francoeur gave Texas a right-handed option off the bench down the stretch after being acquired from the Mets. He remains an effective hitter in that limited role despite a continued decline from his early years in Atlanta, and he signed with the Royals as a free agent in the offseason. He'll be over-exposed in a full-time role if the Royals go down that path, and to make matters worse, he's no longer the plus-defender he was during his early years with the Braves either.
Moving from Atlanta to New York was the elixir Francoeur needed to revive his floundering career. Francoeur doubled his power output after the trade, but still struggled to draw walks. He should open 2010 as the Mets' starting right fielder. Francoeur played the final month of the season with a torn ligament in his left thumb that required surgery on Nov. 2, but he should be 100 percent by spring training. He is eligible to become a free agent after the 2011 season.
Francoeur's career is at a crossroads after a terrible season that saw him briefly sent to the minors as the Braves looked for any way to jump start his bat. Scouts have always raved about Francoeur as a five-tool player with unlimited upside, while stat-heads have bemoaned poor plate discipline and free-swinging ways. In 2009, the flaws in his game seemed to get the best of him as he swung at the first pitch the most of any hitter in the NL (43 percent) while again taking too few walks. However, the biggest problem may have been a very low rate of batting average on balls in play (.277), which was well below his career average (.306). The bigger worry may be a dramatic drop in power with a career-low 11 home runs. Still, the Braves say they have faith in him as the team's starting right fielder. But a slow start could have Atlanta looking at other options.
Francoeur is a five-tool talent who will once again start in right field for the Braves. While Francoeur's home run total fell to 19 from 29 last season, there were some encouraging developments in his approach at the plate. He doubled his walk rate and coincidentally saw his batting average rise to a full-season career-high .293. Francoeur was one of the most notorious free swingers in baseball before last season, so his stats could take a large jump if he's truly turned the corner at being patient at the plate. Francoeur has good power so the home-run total should rebound, but don't expect many steals.
After making a big splash as a rookie in 2005, Francoeur started slowly last season but rallied to finish with more than 100 RBI. "Frenchy" hit just .216/.230/.371 in April and there was talk he might be sent back to Triple-A. He rallied from that point, though, hitting .259/.308/.450 after the All-Star break and hit 29 home runs overall. Despite his strong homer and RBI totals, Francoeur had a meager .293 on base percentage. Scouts rave about Francoeur as a five-tool player with unlimited upside. Stat-heads look at his meager walk totals (just 23 walks in 651 plate appearances) and worry he won't live up to the hype. He'll start in right field for the Braves and provide 30-plus home run power, but his poor eye at the plate makes his batting average a large risk.
Francoeur made a big splash in his rookie season as a hot start after his midseason call up from Double-A landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the next young phenom. He tore up the league in his first two months by batting .348 with 10 homers and 31 RBI. He then came back down to earth the last two months, batting just .235 with four home runs. Scouts rave about Francoeur as a five-tool player with unlimited upside. Stat-heads look at his meager walk totals (just 11 walks in 268 plate appearances) and worry he won't live up to the hype. He'll start in right field for the Braves and will be counted on to produce big numbers at the plate this season.
Francoeur is seen as Atlanta's top outfield prospect, with an all-around skill set that could translate well to fantasy value. He had a successful high Single-A campaign by hitting .293/.346/.508 but struggled in a 19-game call-up to Double-A Greenville. He'll get a look in spring training, but likely needs another year of seasoning in the minors before he gets a shot. He's a solid keeper prospect who'll contend for a starting job as early as 2006.
Francoeur is an exceptional athlete who performed well against older competition at Low-A by hitting .281/.325/.445. Atlanta's 2002 first-round pick could rise quickly with another strong season and be a factor at the major league level in 2006.
Atlanta's first-round draft pick in 2002. Baseball America rated him as the best athlete in the draft.
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Smashes game-winning homer Sunday
OFAtlanta Braves  
July 31, 2016
Francoeur went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Sunday against the Phillies.
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Not in Friday's lineup
OFAtlanta Braves  
July 29, 2016
Francoeur is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies.
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Out Thursday
OFAtlanta Braves  
July 28, 2016
Francoeur is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Phillies.
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Not in Wednesday's lineup
OFAtlanta Braves  
July 20, 2016
Francoeur is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds, according to Kevin McAlpin of the Braves' Radio Network.
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Out of Saturday's lineup
OFAtlanta Braves  
July 16, 2016
Francoeur is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rockies.
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