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Juan Francisco, whose locker in Maryvale is empty, will not. While the Brewers haven’t announced it yet, it seems that Francisco is in the process of going through waivers.
Of the three players vying for the first base job, Francisco had the best spring by far. He hit .346 with three home runs. He also walked eight times while only striking out nine. Meanwhile, Reynolds batted .250 and Overbay hit .114 with 15 strikeouts.
But manager Ron Roenicke made it clear; spring statistics don’t mean much.
Roenicke sided with Reynolds and Overbay because they are both proven veterans. Francisco has yet to establish himself as an everyday player.
Reynolds and Overbay are likely to platoon to begin the season, with Reynolds getting at-bats versus lefties and Overbay facing right-handed pitchers.