Thursday, June 9, 2011

Villanova Pitcher Mike Francisco Drafted in The 48th Round By Milwaukee

Mike Francisco, the left handed closer from Villanova was drafted in the 48th round yesterday by the Milwaukee Brewers

Villanova head coach Joe Godri on Francisco:
"Mike is only the seventh player from Villanova to be selected twice in the draft and he is the first from our program taken by the Brewers. I am extremely happy for Mike. He has a power arm and, with velocity in the 88-92 range and an imposing frame at 6-foot-4, there is no question that he can be successful at the next level."
While I disagree that 88-92 MPH velocity qualifies one as a "power arm", there are pitchers (especially left-handed ones) with less than fantastic velocity who are able to make a lot of money for a long time by serving as lefty specialists. I don't know how Francisco does against lefties, but if he can get them out consistently, he could be a valuable commodity in a major league organization.

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