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#20 PJ Francescon, P


Position: P
Date of Birth: 01/04/1989
Height: 6' 0"   Weight: 195 lbs
Bats: R
Throws: R
Resides: Atlanta, GA


2017 will mark Francescon's 7th season in professional baseball, 2nd with the Explorers.

Francescon was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 40th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from Trevecca Nazarene University. Francescon signed with the Explorers last season on July 3rd following his release from the Cubs. The right hander appeared in 23 games for the X’s in 2016, tossing 41 innings while striking out 36 batters and picking up 5 wins out of the bullpen to go with a 4.83 ERA.

Prior to joining the X’s, Francescon spent 5 seasons in the Cubs organization, spending the majority of his time serving as the closer for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. In 2014, Francescon was named to the Southern League (Double-A) All-Star team after finishing 4th in the entire league in wins with 11. Francescon’s best season in the Cubs organization came in 2015 where he was once again selected as a Southern League All-Star after leading the entire league in saves with 21 and finishing with a miniscule 1.69 ERA, good for 7th lowest in the league. The right handed closer tossed 53.1 innings for the Double-A Smokies in 2015, allowing only 38 hits while striking out 50 batters to just 17 walks. For his efforts, Francescon was promoted to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs where he pitched 8 scoreless innings in 3 appearances and was also named an Organizational All-Star for the Chicago Cubs in 2015.

Roster »
7 Dylan Kelly C
37 Daniel Jackson C
2 Jay Baum IF
3 Nelson Ward IF
5 Nate Samson IF
25 Dre Gleason IF
1 Luis Durango OF
6 Michael Lang OF
11 Jay Austin OF
10 Marcus Jensen P
12 Geoff Broussard P
16 Patrick Schuster P
17 Ryan Flores P
20 PJ Francescon P
22 Ryan Horstman P
27 Eric Karch P
28 Hunter Ackerman P
30 Luis Mateo P
33 Keith Picht P
34 Taylor Jordan P
37 Parker Markel P
41 Tyler Fallwell P
45 Holden Helmink P
50 Justin Vernia P
55 Andrew Thurman P

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