"You have to be aggressive. But you have to take your pitches and get that one, good pitch to hit," Franco said. "And that's what I do. When I go out there, I try to relax and everything will happen."
Director of player development Joe Jordan said after watching the prospect this week that Franco has to become more patient at the plate.
"He's still a 22-year-old hitter," Jordan said. "At times, he gets excited still. But that's all stuff that's going to change with experience and maturity."
While Franco struggled to put up stats early last season, his aggressiveness has paid off this April. He has hit .385/.442/.667 with one home run, seven RBI and four walks in 39 at-bats with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Pedroia is hitless in his last two games with three strikeouts. He's getting a rest on Sunday.
Hanigan also gets a day off.
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