It’s Ty France. He hits a double here. He does it a bit.
It’s Ty France getting a hug from former teammate Fernando Tatis, Jr.
Did you know Ty France should be the most valuable hitter on your Seattle Mariners 2021 by ZiPS? Yeah, a cool fWAR 2.6 says Dan Syzmborski. Pretty cool for France considering this is their first full season of MLB action. Concerning enough for the overall condition of the 2021 Seattle Mariners, however, for a rookie to be your best intended bat. If only there were free agents the team could sign to help solidify things a bit.
I’m going to step away from my sarcasm as I’m honestly very excited to see how France is doing in 2021. He’s, how do you say it, my hitting type. Not particularly graceful, almost a handicap on the pitch, but boy, can he hit! At least that’s all he’s done in minors and has definitely continued to show that potential in his limited MLB appearances so far with San Diego and Seattle.
He arrived in Seattle during the shortened 2020 AD pandemic season thanks to Austin Nola’s hired trade with the Padres. Trade remains a tough job for the Mariners, and should improve further if France, late reliever Andres Muñoz, wide receiver Luis Torrens and outfielder Taylor Trammell have decent success in the Majors. France are set to make the biggest noise this season with these players and their miners stats are a big reason.
Alas, here is the part where I temper your expectations, if I haven’t already. Take Out, Editor-in-Chief Kate!
His minor league numbers are very bright, but it’s important to remember that San Diego plays in two of the most offensive places in baseball in their Triple-A stadium in El Paso and High-A Lake Elsinore. The Triple-A stadium is particularly glaring, and that plus the juicy ball in 2019 combined to give France an otherworldly line of .399 / .477 / .770, but again, and I can’t say it firmly enough, don’t allow your eyes to be disturbed when leaving awoogha-woogha like a cartoon character looking at that line.
(/ calmly pushes the eyeballs back into the sockets)
Good point, Kate! Also read the rest of his initial analysis of France after the trade here. It’s important to note that these minor league numbers also likely have a strong influence on the aforementioned ZiPS high projection. But, the general opinion, the tool of strike on France is powerful and its marches and its discipline on the flat have remained in good form so far in the Majors.
Given the number of times I’ve been burned by players like this who ‘finally get their shot’ and ‘let’s just see what they can do with a full season of bats’ and’ well you know, if everything goes right…, “I’m a little disappointed with myself to fall for this again. But, as sage Toomgis once said, “The heart wants what the heart wants. I can’t help but feel upbeat and hopeful for a player who can fully occupy DH’s place in 2021 and perhaps progress to a better second baseman with the help of the coach. Infield Perry Hill and (incredibly tough sleazy) mayyyybe take the third goal in the days after Kyle Seager to come? The Mariners have no prospect ready to take control of the hot corner for at least two to three seasons, so if France can become that stage for a season or two AND keep a stick hot, its value will be enormous going forward. .
But, until we really see how the Bat performs in a full season, I’ll be right here dreaming of an Alfredo.