France, a San Diego State product, developed under the tutelage of Tony Gwynn. When speaking about his former coach as SDSU, France said, "His big thing was don't overdo things. If it's working, stick with it. I've been keeping that in the back of my head and going off that. One of the things that he said was, 'Know who you is,' kind of jokingly. I base my role off of that"...In October 2019, France's alma mater, South Hills High School in West Covina, Calf., retired his number 25.
Split the season between SD and El Paso (AAA) and was named Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year, league MVP and MVP of the Triple-A All-Star Game…also earned PCL Mid-Season All-Star honors, was a 2-time PCL Player of the Week award winner and was named a Minor League All-Star by Baseball America...Hit .399 (118-for-296) for ELP, with 27 2B, 1 3B, 27 HR and 89 RBI…joined Hunter Renfroe (2016) as the only Chihuahuas to earn PCL MVP honors and the 6th player to ever win both the PCL's MVP and Rookie of the Year award in the same season...He did not hit below .359 for a 30-day period while he was in Triple-A, and his batting average for the season never fell below .303…his average dipped to .303 just 8 games into the 2019 season on April 11, and he never went below .351 through the end of the season...Made his ML debut on April 26 at WSH and got his 1st hit with his PH single to LF off Kyle Barraclough, singling in the 5.5 hole, where his former coach at San Diego State University, Tony Gwynn, is was so fond of hitting...Recorded his 1st multi-hit game on May 2 at ATL, going 2-for-4 with his 1st and only triple of the season with 2 runs in SD's 11-2 victory...Hit his 1st ML HR on May 7 at NYM off Noah Syndergaard, a 2-run HR to LF in the 4th to tie the game 2-2...In his 1st stint with the big league club from April 26-June 5, slashed .235/.290/.357 over 34 games from April 26June 5...For ELP in June, hit .359 (28-for-78) with 10 HR and 27 RBI while posting a 1.272 OPS in just 21 games...Started at 3rd base for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game on June 10 and was named MVP after hitting a solo HR in the PCL's 9-3 victory over the International League...Recalled by SD on August 16 and spent the rest of the season with the big league club, slashing .233/.298/.453 in 35 games...Homered in back-to-back games for the 1st time in his career on Sept. 1 at SF and Sept. 2 at ARI, including his 1st multi-HR game and a career-high 4 RBI on Sept. 1...After hitting just 2 HR in his 1st 48 career games, France led the Padres with 5 HR in September over 21 games…his 12 RBI in September matched his total for all other months combined (9 in May, 1 in June and 2 in August)...Appeared in 36 games at 3B, making 28 starts, and he appeared in 21 games at 2B, making 17 starts...tossed 2.0 innings of relief (2 appearances), allowing 1 run and 2 hits...Went 7-for-20 (.350) as a PH at the Major League level, posting a .381 OBP and .333 SLG...Was hit by a pitch twice on September 22 vs. ARI after homering in his 1st AB of the game...France and Fernando Tatis Jr. were the only Padres to be HBP more than once in a single game in 2019.
Played 112 games for San Antonio (AA) before being promoted to El Paso (AAA), playing 25 games with the Chihuahuas and posting a .914 OPS...His 137 games played, 136 hits, 30 doubles, 22 HR and 96 RBI between SA and ELP set single season career highs... While with SA, ranked second in the Texas League in AB/RBI (5.39), fifth in RBI (77), tied for fifth in sacrifice flies (five), sixth in PA/K (6.84), eighth in SLG (.448) and 10th in OPS (.798)...Earned TL Mid-Season All-Star honors, batting .253/.364/.441 with 17 doubles, one triple, 10 HR and 51 RBI in the first half with SA...Slashed .287/.382/.532 in 25 games with ELP, logging eight doubles, five homers, 19 RBI and 13 BB...Logged his first multi-HR game as a professional on 5/2 at Frisco...Entered 2019 rated as the No. 28 prospect in the Padres system by Baseball America.
Divided the season between Lake Elsinore (A) and San Antonio (AA), en route to being named a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star...Between the 2 clubs, played in 127 games and hit .278 (132-for-474) with a .353 OBP and 24 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 58 RBI and 29 BB...Named a TL Mid-Season All-Star, batting .295/.351/.442 with 12 2B and 3 HR in the 1st half with SA.
Split the year between Fort Wayne (A) and Lake Elsinore (A), earning MiLB.com Organization All-Star honors, playing a combined 128 games and slashing .271/.287/.420...Began the season with FW, hitting .237 (52-for-219) with a .400 OBP and 44 walks in 69 games from April 7-June 28...Following his promotion to LE, proceeded to hit .304 (68for-224) in 60 games with 16 2B, 9 HR, 38 RBI, 15 BB and 12 HBP.
Spent his 1st professional season with Tri-City (A), playing 66 games and hitting .294 (69-for-235) with a .425 OBP...Led TC in 2B (20) and finished 2nd in hits, XBH (21), RBI (36), BB (43), AVG , OBP and SLG (.391).