Francisco, 26, has had two very productive seasons with the Buffalo Bisons. Last year, he won the International League batting title with a .318 (120-377) average to go along with 12 home runs, 51RBI and 22 stolen bases. He was Buffalo's first league batting champions since Mark Ryal in 1990. Francisco also led the Herd in steals, on-base percentage (.382, 6th in IL) and slugging percentage (.492, 5th in IL) and was 2nd on the team in hits (120) and doubles (36). After the season, he was named an International League All-Star.
In 2006, Francisco was named the Bisons Co-Most Valuable Player (OF Jason Dubois) after finishing the season either 1st or 2nd in virtually every offensive category. That season, he hit .278 (143-515) with 17 home runs, 59RBI and 25 stolen bases. He led the team in games (134), runs scored (80, T4th in IL), hits (143, T2nd in IL), doubles (32, T5th in IL), extra-base hits (54) and stolen bases (25, T9th in IL). His 25-game hit streak that season was the second longest in the Bisons Modern Era.
Francisco, the Indians 5th round pick (154th overall) of the 2002 First-year Player Draft, hit .362 (17-47) with three home runs, nine RBI and a .617 slugging percentage in 16 games with Cleveland this spring.
The Bisons Home Opener is just 15 days away as they will host the Toledo Mud Hens on Friday, April 11 (6:05 p.m.) for a fridaynightbash!®. Individual game, season ticket and ticket packages are now available by calling THE-HERD (716-843-4373).
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