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Ben Francisco DH

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
13 1771 .253 .323 .418 99 3.7
Birth Date10-23-1981
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
Age37 years, 9 months, 0 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2007 CLE 25 25 66 17 5 0 3 3 19 0 0 2 .274 .303 .500 80 -1.5 -1.7 0.5 -0.1
2008 CLE 26 121 499 119 32 0 15 40 86 6 4 3 .266 .332 .438 105 4.5 -0.4 9.2 2.3
2009 CLE 27 89 355 77 21 1 10 33 59 8 13 3 .250 .336 .422 104 2.9 2.7 0.0 1.5
2009 PHI 27 37 104 27 9 0 5 5 24 1 1 4 .278 .317 .526 103 0.7 -1.3 1.2 0.3
2010 PHI 28 88 197 48 13 0 6 14 35 2 8 0 .268 .327 .441 101 0.6 -0.5 -2.0 0.2
2011 PHI 29 100 293 61 10 1 6 33 42 5 4 4 .244 .340 .364 100 0.5 -1.4 -2.4 0.2
2012 HOU 30 31 90 21 4 0 2 5 23 0 0 0 .247 .289 .365 79 -2.1 0.9 -2.4 -0.2
2012 TBA 30 24 63 13 5 0 2 4 16 0 0 0 .228 .270 .421 78 -1.5 0.1 -1.8 -0.2
2012 TOR 30 27 54 12 5 1 0 4 10 0 0 1 .240 .296 .380 79 -1.3 -1.1 -0.6 -0.2
2013 NYA 31 21 50 5 0 0 1 5 11 1 0 0 .114 .220 .182 82 -0.9 -0.5 -0.5 -0.1
Career5631771400104350146325233017.253.323.418992.0-3.11.33.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2002 MHV A- NYP 58 269 .000 .000 .000 .383 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LKC A SAL 80 330 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 AKR AA EAS 133 563 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 AKR AA EAS 83 352 .265 .330 .411 .355 102 10.6 8.3 -3 116 0 -9.2 0.7 6.6 0.3
2005 BUF AAA INT 4 18 .286 .345 .429 .615 112 2.5 0.6 0.1 146 0 -0.6 -0.2 1.0 0.1
2006 BUF AAA INT 134 579 .257 .326 .393 .292 101 15.4 15.9 -4.3 129 0 0.9 4.2 17.7 3.4
2007 CLE MLB AL 25 66 .264 .329 .421 .341 98 1 2.0 -0.5 80 22 0.5 -1.7 -1.5 -0.1
2007 BUF AAA INT 95 425 .266 .336 .401 .354 100 15.7 12.3 -1.7 138 0 -7.5 0.9 17.9 2.1
2008 CLE MLB AL 121 499 .267 .334 .420 .297 105 5.3 14.4 -4.4 105 10 9.2 -0.4 4.5 2.3
2008 BUF AAA INT 24 104 .257 .324 .390 .303 86 -1.4 2.8 -0.8 96 0 -4.0 -0.3 -1.7 -0.4
2009 CLE MLB AL 89 355 .263 .331 .420 .278 102 2.2 10.2 -1.3 104 11 0.0 2.7 2.9 1.5
2009 PHI MLB NL 37 104 .255 .329 .416 .319 96 4.9 3.0 -0.4 103 11 1.2 -1.3 0.7 0.3
2010 PHI MLB NL 88 197 .257 .326 .401 .302 95 1.7 5.4 -1.3 101 12 -2.0 -0.5 0.6 0.2
2011 PHI MLB NL 100 293 .253 .315 .391 .268 91 3 7.9 -2.5 100 9 -2.4 -1.4 0.5 0.2
2012 HOU MLB NL 31 90 .253 .306 .398 .317 99 -1.6 2.5 -0.7 79 13 -2.4 0.9 -2.1 -0.2
2012 TBA MLB AL 24 63 .244 .305 .394 .268 98 -1.5 1.7 -0.6 78 13 -1.8 0.1 -1.5 -0.2
2012 TOR MLB AL 27 54 .252 .311 .399 .300 109 -0.4 1.5 -0.7 79 13 -0.6 -1.1 -1.3 -0.2
2012 DUN A+ FSL 2 7 .276 .346 .414 .000 109 -1.3 0.2 -0.1 47 0 0.0 -0.1 -0.4 0.0
2012 NHP AA EAS 9 39 .268 .341 .399 .250 101 -2.4 1.1 -0.5 72 0 -0.1 -0.7 -1.0 -0.1
2013 NYA MLB AL 21 50 .261 .328 .419 .125 104 -3.9 1.3 -0.7 82 12 -0.5 -0.5 -0.9 -0.1
2013 TUC AAA PCL 60 209 .278 .342 .424 .295 104 -6.9 6.0 -1.8 63 0 -8.5 2.2 -10.3 -1.3
2015 AGU AAA MEX 14 53 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2002 MHV A- NYP 269 235 55 82 23 2 3 118 23 22 28 22 6 .349 .417 .502 .153 2 2
2003 LKC A SAL 330 289 57 83 21 1 11 139 48 31 50 15 6 .287 .363 .481 .194 1 1
2004 AKR AA EAS 563 497 72 126 29 3 15 206 71 50 86 21 5 .254 .327 .414 .161 4 4
2005 AKR AA EAS 352 323 45 99 19 7 7 153 46 24 59 15 4 .307 .356 .474 .167 2 2
2005 BUF AAA INT 18 16 4 8 1 0 0 9 3 1 3 1 0 .500 .529 .563 .063 0 0
2006 BUF AAA INT 579 515 80 143 32 4 17 234 59 45 72 25 5 .278 .344 .454 .177 5 5
2007 BUF AAA INT 425 377 60 120 27 2 12 187 51 36 66 22 8 .318 .378 .496 .178 6 6
2007 CLE MLB AL 66 62 10 17 5 0 3 31 12 3 19 0 2 .274 .303 .500 .226 1 0
2008 CLE MLB AL 499 447 65 119 32 0 15 196 54 40 86 4 3 .266 .332 .438 .172 4 2
2008 BUF AAA INT 104 92 9 21 3 1 1 29 6 11 25 3 0 .228 .311 .315 .087 0 0
2009 PHI MLB NL 104 97 10 27 9 0 5 51 13 5 24 1 4 .278 .317 .526 .247 1 0
2009 CLE MLB AL 355 308 48 77 21 1 10 130 33 33 59 13 3 .250 .336 .422 .172 2 4
2010 PHI MLB NL 197 179 24 48 13 0 6 79 28 14 35 8 0 .268 .327 .441 .173 1 1
2011 PHI MLB NL 293 250 24 61 10 1 6 91 34 33 42 4 4 .244 .340 .364 .120 3 2
2012 HOU MLB NL 90 85 5 21 4 0 2 31 5 5 23 0 0 .247 .289 .365 .118 0 0
2012 TBA MLB AL 63 57 4 13 5 0 2 24 8 4 16 0 0 .228 .270 .421 .193 2 0
2012 TOR MLB AL 54 50 5 12 5 1 0 19 2 4 10 0 1 .240 .296 .380 .140 0 0
2012 DUN A+ FSL 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .143 .000 .000 0 0
2012 NHP AA EAS 39 36 2 8 3 0 0 11 2 3 4 0 0 .222 .282 .306 .083 0 0
2013 TUC AAA PCL 209 187 20 45 8 1 1 58 16 18 38 6 1 .241 .309 .310 .070 1 2
2013 NYA MLB AL 50 44 4 5 0 0 1 8 1 5 11 0 0 .114 .220 .182 .068 0 0
2015 AGU AAA MEX 53 45 4 11 1 0 0 12 5 7 7 0 1 .244 .346 .267 .022 0 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1815 0.5300 0.4287 0.8021 0.5842 0.2532 0.8826 0.5926 0.1979 0.0025
2009 1674 0.5341 0.4211 0.7986 0.5738 0.2462 0.9064 0.5104 0.2014 -0.0054
2010 730 0.5247 0.4452 0.8062 0.6266 0.2450 0.8917 0.5647 0.1938 0.0003
2011 1124 0.4902 0.3808 0.8131 0.5626 0.2059 0.8968 0.5932 0.1869 -0.0004
2012 797 0.5471 0.4228 0.7745 0.5872 0.2244 0.8633 0.4938 0.2255 -0.0012
2013 211 0.4550 0.3697 0.7692 0.5417 0.2261 0.9038 0.5000 0.2308 0.0034
Career63510.52310.41740.79900.58150.23750.89070.55240.2010-0.0008

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-08-27 2012-09-01 DTD 5 4 Right Wrist Soreness - -
2012-05-21 2012-06-24 15-DL 34 29 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-03-24 2012-04-02 Camp 9 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-03-08 2011-03-10 Camp 2 0 - Neck Soreness -
2003-03-27 2003-06-01 Minors 66 0 Left Wrist Surgery Hamate 2003-03-27 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 NYA $1,100,000
2012 TOR $1,537,500
2011 PHI $1,175,000
2010 PHI $470,000
2009 CLE $421,400
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$4,703,900
5 yrTotal$4,703,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 114 dJohn Boggs1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 12/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Arizona 3/15/15.
  • 2014: Independent league.
  • 1 year/$1.1M (2013). Signed by Cleveland 1/21/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Cleveland 3/10/13. Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 3/11/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.1M in majors. Contract purchased by NY Yankees 3/29/13. DFA by NY Yankees 5/26/13. Released 6/3/13.
  • 1 year/$1.5375M (2012). Signed by Toronto 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Houston in trade from Toronto 7/20/12. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Houston 8/31/12. Non-tendered by Tampa Bay 11/30/12.
  • 1 year/$1.175M (2011). Re-signed by Philadelphia 1/15/11 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Toronto in trade from Philadelphia 12/12/11.
  • 1 year/$0.47M (2010). Re-signed by Philadelphia 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4214M (2009). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/9/09 (split contract, $0.204M in minors). Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Cleveland 7/29/09.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/7/08. Optioned to Triple-A 3/27/08. Recalled 4/22/08. Optioned to Triple-A 4/26/08. Recalled 5/6/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Contract purchased by Cleveland 11/06. Re-signed by Cleveland 2/07. Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Recalled 5/3/07. Optioned to Triple-A 5/07. Recalled 6/20/07. Optioned to Triple-A. Recalled 9/1/07.
  • Drafted by Cleveland 2002 (5-154) (UCLA).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was surprised I haven't heard more from you on the Philly roster construction - they seem tailor made to go with a 10 man staff and give Cholly all kind of platoon options to create some value in the line-up. Is it because their "adds" don't point that way, or are you just afraid to put your hopes in writing and see them dashed again?
(Brecken from Chicago)
I think it's a sign of the times that we ought to be able to celebrate the Phillies dialing down to six relievers this season, and making space for a sixth bench player. Of course, there's the bit about being careful what you wish for--if it's for Brian Bocock's benefit, that's sort of sad for everyone but Bocock. John Mayberry Jr., Jeff Larish... Robb Quinlan? A Larish/Quinlan matched set? See, part of the problem is that beyond notionally carring a RF platoon if Domonic Brown splits the job with Ben Francisco is that they'll have their lefty PH in Ross "Three Bricks Shy of a" Gload, and with that rotation, it isn't like they'll have a ton of PH assignments in the first place. They could use the 25th slot on just about anything, and whoever he is, he won't play much. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Two Questions What is the most the Phillies can get for Joe Blanton and how much of his salary can they eat? Do you think Dominic Brown will start the year in the major leagues or will the Phillies sign a veteran bat like Jermaine Dye.
(John from Philadelphia)
Dom Brown I say starts in the majors, but isn't an everyday player until the end of May. Going with a platoon of Brown/Francisco should be fine. I don't see what Jermaine Dye could provide that Ben Francisco can't, and the latter makes like $500,000. As for Blanton, the Phillies need to wait. There is no rush to trade him. Once Pavano signs, Blanton is the most attractive trade target, a 180-200 IP pitcher with a talent level in that 4.10-4.30 ERA range. If they traded him right now I would say they eat $9 of the $17 million and get prospects we never hear from again in return. Come February I would venture to guess they eat $6 million and get a couple prospects, one of whom will have some type of impact. (Eric Seidman)
2009-06-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why am I in central Ohio and not northern Ohio? I hate Columbus.
(Matt LaPorta from Columbus)
Because 49 ABs are fantastic information. And Ben Francisco looks athletic. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt LaPorta is raking at AAA: what do you estimate his ETA to be and who will he be taking PT from?
(KO from Pittsfield, MA)
Ben Francisco isn't an everyday player, more a fourth outfielder, so you could start there. An offense/defense platoon makes some sense with those two. LaPorta can also get time at 1B for Ryan Garko and ... well, Travis Hafner isn't quite ready to cede DH, it appears.

I'd get LaPorta up pretty soon. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who should start for Cleveland's outfield this year? Should LaPorta be starting in left with Choo in right?
(SaberTJ from Cleveland, OH)
I figure LaPorta gets into the left-field picture at some point, with Ben Francisco holding the fort in the meantime before moving to right and platooning with Choo once LaPorta's up. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveVictorino looked pretty set on catch that ball with just the one hand. I'm inclined to agree with Kevin, give me Ben Francisco. (Dan Wade)
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneBen Francisco opens his golden gate... (Steven Goldman)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)And Ben Francisco gives us the always-rare, always entertaining FODP. I wonder who the all-time leader is? (Christina Kahrl)
 

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