Rieleros de Aguascalientes released OF Ben Francisco.
May 8, 2015
Rieleros de Aguascalientes signed free agent OF Ben Francisco.
March 15, 2015
Arizona Diamondbacks released LF Ben Francisco.
December 17, 2014
LF Ben Francisco assigned to Reno Aces.
December 12, 2014
Arizona Diamondbacks signed free agent LF Ben Francisco to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
November 4, 2013
OF Ben Francisco elected free agency.
June 19, 2013
OF Ben Francisco assigned to Tucson Padres.
June 18, 2013
San Diego Padres signed free agent LF Ben Francisco to a minor league contract.
June 3, 2013
New York Yankees released LF Ben Francisco.
May 26, 2013
New York Yankees designated LF Ben Francisco for assignment.
March 29, 2013
New York Yankees selected the contract of LF Ben Francisco from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
March 28, 2013
Ben Francisco assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
March 11, 2013
New York Yankees signed free agent LF Ben Francisco to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
March 11, 2013
Cleveland Indians released LF Ben Francisco.
January 21, 2013
Cleveland Indians signed free agent LF Ben Francisco to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
November 30, 2012
LF Ben Francisco elected free agency.
August 31, 2012
Houston Astros traded LF Ben Francisco to Tampa Bay Rays for Player To Be Named Later.
July 20, 2012
Houston Astros Traded RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP J.A. Happ and RHP David Carpenter to Toronto Blue Jays; Toronto Blue Jays Traded RHP Francisco Cordero and LF Ben Francisco to Houston Astros; Bluefield Blue Jays Traded RHP Joe Musgrove to Greeneville Astros; Dunedin Blue Jays Traded RHP Asher Wojciechowski to Corpus Christi Hooks; Lansing Lugnuts Traded LHP David Rollins to Lexington Legends and Lansing Lugnuts Traded C Carlos Perez to Lancaster JetHawks.
June 25, 2012
Ben Francisco roster status changed by Toronto Blue Jays.
June 15, 2012
sent OF Ben Francisco on a rehab assignment to New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
June 12, 2012
sent CF Ben Francisco on a rehab assignment to Dunedin Blue Jays.
May 25, 2012
Toronto Blue Jays placed LF Ben Francisco on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 21, 2012. Left hamstring strain.
December 12, 2011
New Hampshire Fisher Cats Traded LHP Frank Gailey to Reading Phillies and Philadelphia Phillies Traded LF Ben Francisco to Toronto Blue Jays.
July 30, 2009
Ben Francisco roster status changed by Philadelphia Phillies.
July 29, 2009
Cleveland Indians traded LF Ben Francisco to Philadelphia Phillies.
Full name LOUIS BEN FRANCISCO...Married, Cindy....1999 graduate of Servite High School (CA), where he was
named the 1999 Golden West League MVP and was a 2-time all-league selection, hitting .560, 6 HR, 32 RBI and 10
SB as a senior... Attended Cypress Junior College (2000) and UCLA (2001-02), where he played baseball... Earned
All-Pac 10 honors as a sophomore (.309, 73-236, 20 2B, 6 HR, 42 RBI) and led the conference in steals (20) in
2002 (.368, 56-152, 11 2B, 6 HR, 37 RBI) as a junior before being drafted by Cleveland...On Twitter @bennyfresh_8.2012Six-year veteran returns to Cleveland after beginning his professional career with the Tribe, 2002-09, playing in 235
games with the Indians from 2007-09... Is a career .281 (102-363) at Progressive Field with 13HR & 54RBI in 106
games....Split 2012 between Toronto, Houston and Tampa Bay where he hit a combined .240 (46-192) with 14 2B,
4HR & 15RBI in 82 games (.670OPS). Began the season with Toronto and was traded to Houston on July 20 as part of a 10-player deal involving Francisco
Cordero and J.A. Happ....Later traded to Tampa Bay on August 31...After joining the Rays appeared in 24 of the team's
30 games (14 starts; 7-RF, 4-LF, 3-DH)...Batted .213/.265/.362 (20-for-94) against lefthanded pitching on the season,
compared to .265/.305/.408 (26-for-98) against righthanders...With Toronto, missed over a month with a left hamstring
injury from May 21-June 25, his first career Major League DL stint.2011Made his 2nd career Opening Day start and 1st in RF; previous came in 2009 with CLE (LF)... CORNER GUY: Started 63 games: 49 in RF, 13 in LF and 1 as DH... Made 53 starts through July 3 and 10 starts after that date... GOOD LUCK CHARM: In games in which he had an RBI, the Phillies went 20-6 (.769)... Batted .266 (17-64) with RISP, including seven hits in his final 21 at-bats (.333)... Had 10 hits in his final 24 at-bats (.417) vs LHP... SOME GOOD AND SOME BAD: The .244 average was the lowest of his career... Despite his average, posted his highest on base percentage of his career at .340... Was the 3rd time he has played 100 or more games in his career.2010Made 32 starts: 17 in LF, 10 in RF, 1 in CF and 4 as DH ... Hit .272 (34-125), 6 HR, 21 RBI as a starter; batted .282 (11-39), 7 RBI as a pinch-hitter ... Batted .306 (15-49, 20 RBI) with RISP; had 7 hits in his final 18 at-bats with RISP (.389 AVG, 9 RBI) ... Had his 4th career multi-HR game and 1st as a Phillie,
9/29 at WSH ... On the final road trip of the season, hit .412 (7-17), 2B,
2 HR, 6 RBI, .824 SLG % ... Against NL East teams, hit .319 (23-72), 3 HR, 14 RBI in
37 games ... As a pinch-hitter, batted .282 (11-39), 3 2B, 7 RBI, 5 BB2009Began the season with CLE before being traded to the Phillies on 7/29...Made 95 combined starts between the 2 teams: 51 in LF, 31 in CF and 13 in RF...Set career highs in games (126), triples (1) and SB (14) and tied his career high in HR (15)...Batted .302 (13-43) with RISP and 2 outs...Broke a 3-3 tie with a solo HR in the 12th inning, 8/11
at CHI, in the Phillies' 4-3 win...Hit .333 (15-45), 5 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI in his final 15 games
of the season...Hit .200 (3-15), 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB as a pinch-hitter...Started Games 1 & 6 of the World Series at Yankee
Stadium (LF)2008Spent virtually the entire season in Cleveland after spending April in Buffalo...Started the season in Buffalo and was recalled for the first time to Cleveland on April 22 and was optioned out on April 26 (was 2 for 6, RBI in 2 games during first stint)....Was recalled again on May 6 and spent the remainder of the season in the big
leagues...Received a great deal of playing time all over the outfield after hitting .305 (25-82) in May with 10
2B, 2HR & 11RBI in 23 games...Was one of the top rookie producers in 2008, finished first among AL first-year players in doubles (32), 2nd
in extra base hits (47), T4th in HR (15) and 5th in RBI (54)...On the year he appeared in 83 games in left field
(71GS), 32 games in right field (27GS) and 2 games in center field....Also made 9 starts at DH when Travis
Hafner was injured....His 12 outfield assists were 4th in the AL...Notched career-high 4 RBI on July 10 vs. TB and August 26 at Detroit...Recorded a career-high 5 hits on June
4 at Texas (equaled season-high by Indians batter)...Reached base safely in 91 of 118 games....Was 1 for 10
as a PH (2RBI)...Had a career-best 8 game hitting streak from July 6-19...Had a pair of 2-homer games on July
30 vs. Detroit (4 for 7) and August 26 at Detroit...From July 30 thru the end of the season he hit .261 (46-176)
with 7HR & 17RBI in 48 games...From August 27th on he hit .165 (13-79) w/a HR, 4RBI in 23 games...STATSRecorded
an on-base of .300 in each month of the season despite his .188 avg in Sept...OPS in 2nd half was
.703 compared to .832 in the first half...Hit .285 (61-214) with runners on base.2007Split the season between AAA Buffalo and Cleveland, making his Major League debut and hit his first big league homer, a game-winner, on June 29 vs. Tampa Bay...Won the International League batting title, hitting .318 (120-377) w/27 2B, 12 HR & 51 RBI in 95 games ...Also stole 22 bases in 30 attempts as his
.496 slugging ranked 5th in the IL...Was the first Bisons player since Mark Ryal in 1990 to win a batting
title ... He ranked among organizational leaders in hitting (2nd), OBP (5th) and SLG (5th) ...Was named
"Most Exciting Player" in the IL by Managers and Baseball America... Hit .366 (25-101) in May with 4HR,
8-2B and 19RBI. .. Named to the International League Post-Season All-Star team ... Assembled a 19-9ame
hitting streak from May 18-June 7 (.423; 33-78), matching F. Gutierrez for the longest Buffalo hit streak
this year and T4th longest in the IL... Also had a 15-game streak in August. ..At the time of his June 20
recall to Cleveland he was 4th in the league in hits and T4th in steals ... At Buffalo he hit .337 (89-264) off
RHP and .299 (52-174) w/runners on... Made 29 starts in LF, 44 in CF, 11 in RF and 10 at DH for the
Herd... BIG LEAGUES- Was with the big league club from May 1-3, June 20-July 27 and September 1
thru the end of the season ... Made his ML debut on May 1 vs. Toronto as a defensive replacement. ..
Received a lot of playing time during his 2nd stint after the injury to Dellucci. ..FIRSTS - Collected his first
ML hit on June 29 vs. Tampa Bay with a single and ended that game w/a "walk-off solo HR in the 9th
inning off Shawn Camp for his first big league home run... Had a season/career-high 3 hits/3RBI/2RS on July 2 vs. Tampa Bay... Overall
appeared in 14 games (11 starts) in left field and 4 games (3 starts) in right field ... Hit first career PH HR on July 3 at Detroit. ..Was 5 for 18
(.278) after September recall, .. Hit .321 (9-28) with runners on base.2006Had an outstanding season at AAA Buffalo, leading the team in several offensive categories as he shared the Stan Baron Most Valuable Player Award with Jason Dubois...Spent the entire season with Buffalo and finished T2nd in the International League in hits (143), T5th in doubles (32) and tied for 4th in runs (80)...Also led
the team in games (134), extra-base hits (54) and stolen bases (25, T9th in IL)... Ben led the team with 37
multi-hit games...Defining moment of his season came from June 12-July 8 when he composed the second-longest hit streak in
the Bisons Modern Era...His 25-game stretch (.324, 34-105, 7 2B, 3HR, 3BB, 15R) fell just three games short
of Alex Ramirez's 28-game streak in 1998...He hit two home runs on April 15 against Columbus, the second
coming in the 11th inning of a 7-6 win...He hit .292 in the top spot (52G, 62-212) and hit .313 (83-265) at home...From August 1 thru the end of the
season he hit .314 (37-118) with 11 2B, 4HR & 18RBI in 29 games...Hit .297 (43-145) off LHP with 6HR &
15RBI, .322 (37-115) with RISP and .321 (62-193) with runners on...Played in the Mexican Winter League for
Culiacan (66G, 16 2B, 11HR, 37RBI) after the season...Added to the 40-man roster on November 20.2005Promising young hitter spent most of the season at AA Akron before ending the season at AAA Buffalo... Missed six weeks of the season with a sprained ligament in his left thumb from 4/10-5/30...Drove in 7 runs over 2 games, 6/8-9, vs. New Hampshire (4 & 3RBI)...Season really got going in August, hitting .398
(41-103) in 25 games with 18 R, 11 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 12 BB, 19 SO & 4 SB...Had two 4-hit games and
four 3-hit games for the month...Named Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending 8/21...Hit
.500 (15-30) in 8 games with 6 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI and 2 SB...Went 4 for 5 w/2HR & 5RBI on 8/10 vs.
Erie....Was promoted to AAA Buffalo on 9/2...Appeared in 4 regular season games for the Bisons to conclude
the season, hitting safely in all 4 of them, going 4 for 5 w/a RS & RBI on 9/4 at Syracuse....Then went on to
hit .353 (6-17) in the IL playoffs (3 2B, 1RBI, 5G) and hit .296 (72-243) after the season in the Mexican Winter
League for Culiacan (60G, 11 2B, 13HR, 31RBI).2004Spent the entire season at AA Akron, appearing in a career-high 133 games while driving in a career-best 71 runs...Appeared in 76 games in RF, 43 games in CF and 14 games in LF...Drove in 5 runs on 5/11 vs. Bowie (2HR).2003Missed the first two months of the season after undergoing left hand surgery in spring training on 3/27 (hamate bone)...Activated on 6/1...Hit in 9 straight games, 8/1-11 and drove in 11 runs over the span...In August he hit .314 (33-105) with 5HR & 22RBI in 28 games and hit 2HR and drove in 5 runs on 7/30 and
8/30...Appeared in 52G in CF...2002Spent his first professional season at A Mahoning Valley after signing on 6/19...Won the New York-Penn League batting title (.349) and also led the league in runs (55)...Also ranked 3rd in steals (22), 4th in slugging % (.502), 3rd in on-base % (.416), 2nd in hits and doubles and 5th in extra base hits (28)...Was named Topps
Minor League Player of the Year for the NYPL, an NYPL Post-Season All-Star and to the Baseball America
Short-Season All-Star team.