Francoeur Explodes In Atlanta

Here at Baseball America, we usually speak of prospects in either the future or past tenses: A player will either be great, like Justin Upton, or once was, like Brien Taylor. Rarely do we get to speak of them in the present tense—exactly while they are fulfilling their promise, even more than anyone had hoped. But we can with Jeff Francoeur, whose astounding .353-10-30 numbers in his first 36 games for the Braves have made him one of the hottest midseason callups of all time, a fan and media favorite who is as shocked as anyone at his newfound celebrity. No one—not Francoeur, the Braves or us—knows how long this will last, but as Francoeur will tell you, it sure is a blast while it does.

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