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Jeff Francouer,  known as”Frenchy”, has played around. Starting off with the Braves for a while (2005 to 2009) and then the Mets, Rangers, Royals, Giants, Padres, Phillies, Braves again and Marlins.

His career started off great in 2005, but the end wasn’t as good for Francouer.

On the day that his Sports Illustrated cover came out, Jeff Francoeur learned just how hard the major leagues could be.

It was Aug. 22, 2005, and as Francoeur and his Atlanta Braves got ready to play the Cubs in Chicago, the then-21-year-old outfielder was being billed to the world as “THE NATURAL,” the first baseball player to get that treatment from the magazine since Ken Griffey Jr.

And why not? Starting with his major league debut on July 7, Francoeur had played like the second coming of Roy Hobbs: a .370 batting average, 10 home runs in 34 games, a starring role on a first-place team. A precocious rookie displaying uncommon power at the plate and brilliant defense in rightfield, the Atlanta-area native seemed to have the majors all figured out.

That night at Wrigley Field, Francoeur received an abrupt course correction when he stepped in against flamethrowing Chicago righthander Carlos Zambrano.

“He was throwing 99 to 100 [mph], [and] he struck me out all three times,” Francoeur said. “And I’m like, okay, now I see what some of these guys can do.”

Still, Francoeur had good stats from 2005-09 and deserves to be a highly ranked player for the Braves.

During his more than four years in Atlanta, he hit .266 with 78 home runs and 359 RBI. He also had 653 hits, with 129 of those being doubles, and he scored 310 runs.

Defensively, he won the Gold Glove in 2007 and had 65 total outfield assists in more than four years.

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H HR RBI
2005 21 ATL NL 70 257 41 77 14 45
2006 22 ATL NL 162 651 83 169 29 103
2007 23 ATL NL 162 642 84 188 19 105
2008 24 ATL NL 155 599 70 143 11 71
2009 25 TOT NL 157 593 72 166 15 76
2009 25 ATL NL 82 304 32 76 5 35
2009 25 NYM NL 75 289 40 90 10 41
2010 26 TOT MLB 139 454 52 113 13 65
2010 26 NYM NL 124 401 43 95 11 54
2010 26 TEX AL 15 53 9 18 2 11
2011 27 KCR AL 153 601 77 171 20 87
2012 28 KCR AL 148 561 58 132 16 49
2013 29 TOT MLB 81 245 20 50 3 17
2013 29 KCR AL 59 183 19 38 3 13
2013 29 SFG NL 22 62 1 12 0 4
2014 30 SDP NL 10 24 2 2 0 1
2015 31 PHI NL 118 326 34 84 13 45
2016 32 TOT NL 125 307 33 78 7 34
2016 32 ATL NL 99 257 29 64 7 33
2016 32 MIA NL 26 50 4 14 0 1
12 Y 12 Y 12 Y 12 Y 1481 5260 626 1373 160 698
162 162 162 162 162 575 68 150 18 76
G AB R H HR RBI
ATL ATL ATL ATL 730 2710 339 717 85 392
KCR KCR KCR KCR 360 1345 154 341 39 149
NYM NYM NYM NYM 199 690 83 185 21 95
SFG SFG SFG SFG 22 62 1 12 0 4
PHI PHI PHI PHI 118 326 34 84 13 45
TEX TEX TEX TEX 15 53 9 18 2 11
SDP SDP SDP SDP 10 24 2 2 0 1
MIA MIA MIA MIA 26 50 4 14 0 1
NL ( NL ( NL ( NL ( 1105 3862 463 1014 119 538
AL ( AL ( AL ( AL ( 375 1398 163 359 41 160
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/22/2017.

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