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Jeff Francoeur made a relief appearance for the El Paso Chihuahuas

Apr 20, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

Jeff Francoeur AP

This, shockingly enough, is not a prank. With the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres affiliate) getting blown out by the Las Vegas 51′s (Mets affiliate), outfielder Jeff Francoeur took the mound for some mop-up duty. Francoeur had never pitched in his professional career dating back to 2002.

Francoeur retired Allan Dykstra on a fly ball to center, and Zach Lutz and Juan Centeno on ground outs to second base for a 1-2-3 inning. Not bad.

On the offensive side of things, Francoeur went 1-for-4 with a single against the 51′s. He entered the afternoon slashing .207/.217/.362 in 60 trips to the plate at Triple-A.

  1. kennedy76ca - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Here is his entire appearance, you cant see much as its a stand still camera, but here it is http://kennedymlb.blogspot.ca/2014/04/jeff-francoeur-pitching-for-el-paso-in.html

  2. tbird05 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Wish we could see this sort of thing more often. Who wouldn’t want to see someone like Andrelton Simmons pitch? Kids got a cannon. Wonder what Frenchy was hitting on the radar gun. He may have just found his most likely avenue back to the bigs.

    • ridiculoushavoc - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Actually, Simmons was drafted to be a closer…..he begged the organization to give him a shot at SS, and they did….the rest is obvious….further this is why his hitting is up and down….he is almost literally learning how to hit in the MLB due to the lack of PAs he has made in the minors….here is a good article from a while ago.

      http://www.talkingchop.com/2012/5/31/3054611/braves-prospect-review-rewind-andrelton-simmons

  3. aljobe - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Anyone else hoping this’ll turn into a reverse Ankiel?

  4. tfbuckfutter - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    HOW DO YOU HAVE AN OPS UNDER .600 AT AAA?

    As much fun as it is to joke about him, that really is unacceptable.

  5. gbart22 - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:19 AM

    Poke fun all you want at the end of the day he was still a Major League Baseball player who made millions and dated the type of women you can only j*ck off to. His life will always be better than yours.

    • bolweevils2 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      I reject the conclusion that being a millionaire MLB player automatically means their life is better. There are a lot of millionaire major league players I wouldn’t trade places with. Better a person happy enough with their place in life with enough money to get by than an unhappy millionaire.

  6. tsi431 - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Haha, he is a slightly above average hitting pitcher.

  7. miguelcairo - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    He’s definitely up there as one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball now.

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