The Blue Jays have added some minor league depth signing 26 year old Dominican 3rd / 1st baseman, Juan Francisco to a minor league deal Tuesday evening.
Fan 590’s Mike Wilner tweets:
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) April 2, 2014
Juan Francisco spent portions of the last 5 seasons in the major leagues, playing a total of 298 games over that span with three different teams (Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, and Milwaukee Brewers). Most recently Francisco split the 2013 season between the Braves and Brewers, playing 124 games and hitting .227/.296/.422 with 18 home runs, 48 RBIs, striking out 138 times in 348 at-bats.
Francisco is a career .243/.300/.432 hitter (.189 isolated power) in 771 plate appearances. He brings a lot of raw power with his bat but is a swing and miss hitter with a career 33.6% K%.
Juan Francisco will be joining the AAA Buffalo Bisons to begin the season, he last played in the minor leagues in 2011 for the AAA Louisville Bats.