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Jeff Francis, lhp

School: U. of British Columbia. Class: Jr.
Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
B-T: L-L Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 200 Birthdate: 1/8/81
Previously Drafted: Not drafted.
Scouting Report: Francis pitches for the University of British Columbia, the only intercollegiate baseball team in Canada. He had his coming out party last year when he spun 12 shutouts: six in NAIA competition and six more as a member of the Anchorage Bucs of the summer Alaska League. He did so well with the Bucs--he was the league's pitcher and player of the year, and top prospect--that the rival Anchorage Glacier Pilots picked him up for the National Baseball Congress World Series, where he earned MVP honors for working 14 scoreless innings. Francis then headed to the Canada Summer Games and teamed up with projected fellow Canadian first-rounder Adam Loewen to lead Team B.C. to the championship. Francis is a polished lefty with solid stuff and a projectable body. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a clean, easy stroke and a solid, balanced delivery. He has good command of an 87-93 mph fastball with late movement and an average slurvy breaking pitch. His slider is inconsistent because he tends to drop down a bit on it and push the ball, flattening it out. He projects to go in the middle of the first round after going 7-1, 1.60 with 87 strikeouts in 68 innings this spring.

2002 Statistics

W

L

ERA

G

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

7

2

1.93

13

1

75

47

16

101

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