Slumping Franco upbeat due to high exit velo

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His .136 BABIP was 190th out of 194 qualified hitters. The league average was .286.

Franco's RBI double

“That’s why I’m still confident. That’s why I have a lot of patience,” Franco said. “Because if you have only 60 at-bats, I have only [nine] strikeouts. If you put the ball in play and stroke the ball really good and hit it hard, you worry about stuff you can control.”

Franco also was seeing more pitches, striking out less and walking more.

He was seeing 3.93 pitches per plate appearance this season compared to 3.56 last season. He was striking out once every 6.67 plate appearances compared to once every 5.94 last season. He was walking once every 12 plate appearances compared to once every 15.75 last season.

“I’ve seen the ball really good,” Franco said. “Obviously, I know I can see the ball really good. [I’ve taken] a couple walks, so that’s what I’m looking for as a hitter — go out there and improve as a hitter.”

Phillies hitting coach Matt Stairs said it was surprising to see Franco’s numbers where they are, considering how hard he has worked on his hitting. He thinks some of Franco’s struggles come from missing a few good pitches to hit.

“If you go back and look at the film, he’s had some pitches to hit,” Stairs said. “I think his timing is off a little bit. His foot is getting down late, which is causing him to miss those pitches. He is running into some bad luck, but I’m not going to say that’s the reason why he is hitting what he is hitting. He’s made some easy outs on some balls that he should be hitting.

“His attitude has been good. He is taking some walks, which is a bonus. He’s seeing some pitches, which is a bonus. I’m happy with that. Am I worried about him? No. It takes one swing to turn it around. That’s all.”

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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