The Francisco era begins.

Taken from Indians.com ..."The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has recalled OF BEN FRANCISCO from the AAA Buffalo Bisons. To allow room for Francisco on the Major League roster the Indians designated OF JASON MICHAELS for assignment."

This pretty much spells the end of Michaels in Cleveland for good, Save the september call-ups, but lets hope the indians are playing for something and leave michaels in buffalo when the time comes around. word also is that Michaels has already left for his home state of florida and appears that hes not going to report to the Bisons.

I've been a huge Ben Francisco fan and have followed him throughout the minors for years. All the scouts that have watched Francisco are often left wondering what kind of adjectives to use when describing Franciscos potential. At 6'1 190lbs, he is extremely quick with a very fluid swing. deceptive power and has an above average arm for a left fielder. To me, francisco is the best outfielding prospect in the entire indians system (sizemore and gutierrez are no longer considered prospects) and I believe he is considered to be above players like Shin Soo Choo, Brad Snyder or Trevor Crowe.

Again, Francisco has good pop in his bat and looks like he could hit anywhere from 15-20 home runs a season, perhaps more. He only had 3 homeruns in 62 at-bats last year but consider the musical chairs that was our outfield last season. Maybe this move will put some life into the Indians offense. I've actually got to give credit to shapiro for really starting to make moves no matter who the player is. Demoting Cliff Lee was the last move I saw coming last year.