Halton most viable option for Brewers

Brewers should not consider Franciscobrewers

By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report

As Nashville faces a potential logjam of first basemen to start the season, Sean Halton could be viable option for the Brewers heading into the 2014 season.

Halton, 26, has remained consistent throughout his minor league career with a .290 batting average and On Base Percentage of .354 in five seasons since being drafted in 2009.

Halton

Halton

The California native was forced to change positions entering the 2013 season with the arrival of Hunter Morris from Huntsville.

In the midst of a Brewers team faced with a myriad of injuries, Milwaukee made the decision to purchase the contract of Halton.

Despite small sample-sized numbers in his three stints with the Brewers, he had the ability to produce down the final stretch in September.

Halton belted three of his four home runs in six games including a first inning grand slam September 18 at Miller Park in a 7-0 shutout against the Chicago Cubs. The early jump helped Tyler Thornburg notch his third career Major League victory.

The first baseman produced a solid performance with Tigres de Licey of the Dominican  Winter League where he batted .327 with 11 runs batted in and eight doubles in 15 games.

Francisco has much to prove

Francisco

Francisco

Milwaukee acquired 26-year-old third baseman Juan Francisco from Atlanta in exchange for minor league pitcher Thomas Keeling to fill a gaping hole at first base midway through 2013.

Francisco has not demonstrated his potential to be a left-handed power hitter in five seasons with three different organizations: Cincinnati, Atlanta and Milwaukee.

In a career high 124 games between Atlanta and Milwaukee, he belted 18 home runs but sustained a career low in batting average and struck out 95 times in 89 games for Milwaukee.

Compared to his 2012 campaign where he logged 93 games for the Braves, he struck out 70 times and walked 11 times to give him a .234 batting average and a .278 OBP.

Despite a hot start with the Dominican Winter League, he has accrued 42 strikeouts (150 at bats) in 40 team games for the Tigres de Licey.

Francisco faced a similar story during the 2013 season when he batted .252 with 11 home runs the first half but lagged down the stretch with a .190 average the final 56 games.

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