So Franco has been taking more swings in the cages with coaches and spending less time, almost no time, looking at his numbers.
"I have to work on a lot of things," said Franco, who speaks imperfect but improving English. "I need to make sure my wrists and hands are better, I need to get stronger, I need a better eye, I need to work on putting the ball in right field and not pulling it so much."
Franco admits that when you're going through rough stretches like the one he's gone through the early part of this season, it's tough not to at least take a peek at the numbers.
Lanky outfielder Aaron Altherr, 21, Philly.com's No. 13 prospect, understands the temptation. Altherr was hitting just .231 on June 21 before four straight multihit games boosted his average to .251.
"I've got to try to be a little more consistent at the plate," Altherr said. "You've got to take it day by day, week by week. You can't get too worried when things aren't going your way. You've got to be patient in this game. One week your numbers are down, the next they're up."
All baseball players go through slumps and stretches. More so for young players. Even more so for young players working on different aspects of hitting, such as going to the opposite field.
"The coaches here stay patient with us," Altherr said. "We're all still learning and we have a long way to go."
En route to a 6-4 win Monday night, Franco crushed a sixth-inning fastball down the left-field line, bringing home two runners, including Altherr from first. His competitive drive was pleased with the result - a two-run double - but another part of Franco wished he took the previous outside pitch the other direction for the same result.
In a game of imperfection, on a team of inexperienced players, the result doesn't matter as much as the development. The two-RBI double doesn't matter as much as the line drive in the other direction.
That's why Franco doesn't pay too much attention to the numbers. Even if they say he's a .200 hitter who strikes out too much, he knows better.
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