Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I'm All in for 2013 - The Frenchy Plexiglass Principle Edition

I think it's safe to say that when most Royals fans think about Jeff Francoeur right now, they tend to focus on the fact that he is not Wil Myers. 


This is a factual statement, but it does not do us much good when we are trying to pump ourselves up for 2013, so I will instead focus on who else Jeff Francoeur will not be in 2013: Jeff Francoeur from 2012.


It may be faint praise to say that a player is not going to be the worst every day major leaguer (or close to it) in 2013, but there is something to be said for showing up everyday and being something other than terrible at your job. 


While it seems like Frenchy has been around forever, he will still technically be in the prime of his career this season, having turned 29 in January. A quick look at his stats and graphs indicates that he is poised to have somewhat of a bounce back year, and even if it just gets him to average, he won't be the same suck on the offense he was last season.


His defense will probably continue to deteriorate, but 19 kills from right field is still pretty cool, and one would hope that a Lorenzo Cain/Jarrod Dyson centerfield combo would provide enough cover with the golden boy Alex Gordon patrolling left.  

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