Whatever the numbers say, or even merely suggest, is irrelevant to Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur as this extended spring training crawls toward its conclusion.

It’s not that they lie; he contends they are simply unimportant.

“I hit several balls hard the last three games,” Francoeur said. “That’s all I care about. I don’t care about spring training (numbers). The last two or three days, I really started to feel good. I squared up some balls.

“I’m not reaching right now. You know what? Last week, yeah. I was still feeling it out. But the last three games, I feel really, really good.

“I’ve told you, I need 60 or 70 at-bats every year. It’s the truth. I said that after I got four hits in my first six (at-bats). I still said I’m going to need 60 or so. Trust me.”

Francoeur stands at a club-leading 56 at-bats after Wednesday’s 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Surprise Stadium. He has played in 23 of 25 games; also tops on the club.

And he is batting .232 with a .271 on-base percentage.

“It’s coming,” insisted Francoeur, who went two for three against the Dodgers. “Now, last week? No. I was very disappointed. But that’s why I asked Ned (Yost) to keep playing me. I need to keep getting my at-bats.