Given the lion's share of the playing time at first base through July and August Juan Francisco didn't exactly grab hold of the job and run with it. Now in the final week of the season it appears as though he's going to get one final look-see from the Milwaukee Brewers as he tries to implement a revamped batting stance. What Francisco had been doing -- high leg kick lots of movement with a big uppercut swing -- simply wasn't working. He came into Monday hitting .222 with 13 home runs 31 runs batted in and 91 strikeouts in 230 at-bats since being traded to the Brewers by the Atlanta Braves on June 3. Now the left-handed-hitting Francisco is going to do away with the leg kick while trying to be quieter with his movements in the batter's box. He tried it for the first time as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of the Brewers' win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday and grounded out sharply to first base. "That was a really good at-bat" manager Ron Roenicke said. "He saw the ball well and he ended up smoking a ball for an out but he hit it well. I think if he does that I’m excited about that stance and what I think can happen with that stance.” Francisco is out of the lineup tonight at Turner Field and will be again on Wednesday with the Braves starting left-handed pitchers. He spent some time earlier today talking with Roenicke who said the changes were suggested to Francisco. “Well sometimes you can wait around and wait for the player to come to you and sometimes you’re proactive" he said. "We needed to be proactive. We had talked at the very beginning about it and it’s not just us. He’s got his own teammates telling him the same thing. "The guys that he respects and listens to they’re telling him the same thing."
Juan Francisco tweaks his stance
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Sep 23