Francisco Erazo

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Francisco Erazo
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Francisco Erazo
Kingston Cannons— No. 42
LF
Born: April 15, 1979
at San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Bull League statistics
(through 2016)
Batting average .311
Hits 1,450
Runs 950
Home runs 233
Walks 1,116


Francisco Erazo is a Bull League baseball player who plays left field for the Kingston Cannons, in the Lake League East division.

He is currently the highest-paid player in the Bull League, with an annual salary of $40.5 million.[1]

Team History

Boston Brawlers: 2000-2006

Erazo signed with the Boston Brawlers as an international free agent out of Puerto Rico in 1997. He eventually rose to be named the #9 prospect in the Bull League in June of his rookie year, 2000. His premiere was unremarkable, finishing the year with a .285 batting average, making 6 errors for a fielding percentage of .976, and earning a suspension for a brawl. He spent 19 games at AAA-level with Laval that year, where he fared much better offensively, hitting .341.

He spent another 8 games in Laval the following season, and improved his skills in the outfield. He finished 2001 with Boston with a .292 average, 30 RBIs, and earned a Platinum Glove Award at left field. He won another in 2004, but had no more major accolades while playing for the Brawlers, aside from several All Star Game appearances.

By 2006, Erazo's salary with Boston had stretched to $11.8 million, having signed a one-year extension in the off-season. Until that year, Erazo had had solid seasons, including leading the Lake League in doubles and walks in 2004, but no other major awards aside from his two fielding awards. Boston had yet to reach a Bull Cup final. So the team traded him to Calgary, in return for five players.

Calgary Inferno: 2006

Erazo had only a brief stint with Calgary after being traded to the team by Boston. After 29 games, he went .394 and hit 10 home runs. His season average was .354, his best to date. Calgary did not extend his contract, and he became a free agent at the end of the season.

Montreal Metros: 2007-2010

On October 27, 2006, the Montreal Metros signed the 28-year-old Erazo to a 4-year, $81.2 million contract. It was a fortuitous signing, as both Erazo and Montreal had breakout years in 2007. The Metros went all the way, winning the Bull Cup. Erazo took home the Bull Cup Most Valuable Player Award.

With Montreal, Erazo continued to put up impressive on-base percentage numbers, leading the league in several categories.

Return to Boston: 2011-2014

Kingston Cannons: 2015-Present

Career Highlights

Erazo is a 15-time All Star, two-time MVP, 7-time Gold Crown Award winner, at both second base and at left field, and two time playoff MVP.

References

  1. Erazo Tops List of Highest Paid in BBL. Bull Baseball League website. [1]. 16 November 2016. Accessed: 19 November 2016.