Francisco is in his 13th professional season, and his first with the Cubs, after making his major league debut with the Angels last season ... the left-handed hitting catcher has spent time in the Yankees (2007-15), Marlins (2016) and Angels (2017-18) organizations ... Played 40 games for the Angels last season, setting a major league record with 10 RBI in his first two career contests ... played 34 games at catcher, two at pitcher and one at first base ... In 584 games spanning 12 minor league campaigns, has hit .244 (475-for-1,943) with 84 doubles, 10 triples, 25 homers and 220 RBI ... Has made 496 minor league appearances behind the plate, throwing out 134-of-487 baserunners (28 percent) attempting to steal ... has played 43 games at first base ... Signed with the Angels as a minor league free agent, November 18, 2016, following a season in the Marlins chain ... Originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent, July 2, 2006.
Francisco made his major league debut with the Angels after he was selected from Triple-A Salt Lake on July 26 ... went on to appear in 40 games for the Halos, hitting .204 (21-for-103) with five doubles, six homers and 23 RBI ... Combined to drive in a major league record 10 runs in his first two career games, going deep in both contests, July 26 vs. the White Sox (4 RBI) and July 28 vs. Seattle (6 RBI) ... Was the first Angels rookie with six or more RBI in a game since Adam Kennedy had eight, April 18, 2000 at Toronto ... Also became the first Angel ever to homer in each of his first two major league games ... Threw out five of 14 baserunners attempting to steal in his 34 games behind the plate ... recorded a .994 fielding percentage (2 E/207 TC) at catcher ... Made the first of two appearances on the mound, August 11 vs. Oakland (1.0 IP, 1 H), to become the first Angels position player to pitch since Chili Davis, June 17, 1993 vs. Texas ... Became the first player in major league history to catch (innings 1-7), pitch (innings 8-9) and homer (in the ninth inning), September 20 at Oakland ... Was the first Angels pitcher to homer since Clyde Wright in 1972 ... Opened the season on Salt Lake's disabled list with a sprained right ankle ... activated, May 4, and batted .283 (41-for-145) with three homers and 26 RBI in 42 Triple-A contests before his promotion to the Angels ... Batted .304 (41-for-135) in 42 games with Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuela Winter League.
Split 2017 with Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Salt Lake...Combined to hit .220 (29/132) in 43 games... Committed just one error in 256 total chances behind the plate (.996 %).
Opened 2016 season as non-roster invitee with Miami...Played in 75 games with Double-A Jacksonville before promotion to Triple-A New Orleans for 18 games.
In 2015, hit .248 (59/238) with three home runs and 23 RBI in 70 games with Double-A Trenton in Yankees system... Primarily used as catcher, also saw some time at first base (13 games)...Appeared in 49 games with Aguilas del Zulia in Venezuelan Winter League following season.
Began 2014 at Double-A Trenton, batting .320 (31/97) in 26 games prior to full-time promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...Recorded 15-game hitting streak July 2-31...Played with Aguilas del Zulia following season.
Combined at Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton to hit .213 (42-for-197) with 4 doubles, 1 triple and 4HR…batted .233 (30-for-129) in 36 games with Tampa, before being promoted to Trenton on 6/18...appeared in 19G as a catcher with the Thunder and hit .176 (12-for-68)…caught 7-of-33 potential base stealers (21.2%)…also played in 20G with the Aguilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan Winter League and hit .288 (15-for-52) with 2 doubles, 1HR, 7RBI and 7R while playing C and 1B.
Played the entire season at Single-A Charleston and hit .246 (55-for-224) with 14 doubles, 1 triple, 5HR and 46RBI, earning a spot on the SAL midseason All-Star team… also played in 3G with Zulia of the VWL (1-for-3, 1R, 2BB).
Played in 3G with Single-A Charleston (3-for-7).
Started the season with Charleston, batting .314 (16-for-51) with 4 doubles and 3RBI in 17G...was transferred to short-season Single-A Staten Island on 5/16 and batted .224 (22-for-98) with 4 doubles, 2HR and 14RBI in 25G.
Played with the GCL Yankees and caught 12-of-37 potential base stealers (32.4%).
Hit .128 with 1HR in 22G with the GCL Yankees.
Batted .269 with 26R and 21RBI in 47G with the DSL Yankees 2.