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2022 Player Outlook

Franco got off to a slow start last season, slashing just .220/.283/.349 in the first 27 games of his career but he showed consistent improvement all season long. In his final 43 games he lowered his 20.8% K rate to 6.4% and slashed an impressive .331/.388/.535. Franco’s overall 84.7 contact rate was well above the 76.1 league average, and he showed up when it counted, posting a .368 BA and smashing 2 HR in his first four playoff games. There’ll be some peaks and valleys in Franco’s future, but he doesn’t appear to have too many weaknesses. Even last season’s .236 BAA off-speed stuff had a .286 xBA attached to it. His power is still developing, and he might lack the true speed to currently be considered a five-tool player, but he’ll hit for a high average (280 plus) and score a bunch of runs this season and will continue to improve.

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