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Jeffrey Braden Francoeur

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Outfielder Jeff Francoeur was a high school All-American in baseball and his school won back-to-back state titles in both football and baseball in Georgia's largest high school athletic classification. Parkview High School defeated a Lowndes County team led by Stephen Drew to win the baseball title in his junior year. Francoeur was also considered one of the top high school defensive backs in the country as a football player and signed a letter-of-intent with Clemson University and would have played at safety for the Tigers football team, as well as playing for Clemson's baseball team.

Francoeur was selected by the Braves in the first round of the 2002 amateur draft and soon signed with scout Al Goetz of his hometown team. Francoeur advanced steadily through the Braves minor league system playing for the Rookie-level Danville Braves in 2002, the Class A Rome Braves in 2003, the A-Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Greenville Braves (AA) in 2004, and the AA Mississippi Braves in 2005. He was part of the group of rookie players nicknamed the "Baby Braves" that Atlanta called up from its minor league system during the 2005 season.

He was recalled from AA in July 2005 after an injury to Brian Jordan. Francoeur hit a three-run homer in his first major league game and batted .413 through the first month of his career. Jeff Francoeur's 13 outfield assists in 67 games as a rookie in 2005 were third among all major league outfielders, an average of one assist every 5.15 games. Predictably, baserunners were taking fewer chances against Francoeur's arm in 2006.

It seemed that Jeff's major league career was over after he hit only .083 in 10 games for the San Diego Padres in 2014, but he surprised everyone by winning a job as the Philadelphia Phillies' fourth outfielder out of spring training in 2015. In his first visit to Citi Field with the Phillies in April that year, he put on a power display in batting practice, repeatedly pulling balls over the left field fence, which had been brought in before the season. Seeing Mets owner Jeff Wilpon in the stands, he quipped: "You know, if you'd moved the fences in while I was here, I'd still be here." He had last played for the Mets in 2010.

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  • "This kid has a chance to be the next face of the franchise. He's got a lot of refinement already - his character, his confidence, his brightness, his intellect. He's the complete package. A remarkable package." John Schuerholz

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