Could Francisco Pull a Bautista?
The question was posed on whether Philadelphia Phillies' outfielder Ben Francisco could have similar success as Jose Bautista by implementing the same hitting techniques that the Blue Jays slugger did last season. Successful hitting takes into account a whole bunch of different things. It's nearly impossible to predict whether one batter's style could work for another player. Jose Bautista clearly had the ability to produce power numbers at the plate prior to his 2010 season; he just needed to tweak his approach and the rest was history.
Whether Ben Francisco can make a similar adjustment and begin to produce better power numbers is anyone's guess. Although, it is interesting to note that Francisco and pre-2010 Bautista do have similar numbers. In 2009, Francisco hit .257/.332/.447 in 459 PA. Bautista: .235/.349/.408 in 404 PA. Their 2009 heat maps are also very similar.