On Francisco: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 45th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (1,371st overall pick) ... Outstanding closer who has greatly improved command of his fastball, which he throws at a high velocity and uses to set up his breaking pitches ... Has placed himself among the top closers in program history.
Career: Has pitched in 57 career games while serving as the team's closer over the last two seasons ... Ranks sixth in school history with 11 career saves and has a 3-4 record with a 3.73 ERA ... Holds opposing hitters to a .262 batting average and averages a strikeout per inning ... In 70 innings pitched, has allowed 70 hits and struck out 70 batters ... Surrendered 31 runs (29 earned) and issued 47 walks.
2010: Registered the fourth-most appearances in a single-season in school history and also tied for fourth in a season in saves ... Pitched in 25 games and had seven saves in eight opportunities ... Went 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA and held opponents to a .253 batting average ... In 26.0 innings, allowed 25 hits and 10 earned runs with 10 walks and 35 strikeouts ... Averaged 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings ... Did not allow a home run to any of the first 97 batters he faced during the season ... Did not allow a run in 18 of 25 outings ... Pitched more than one inning to record four of his seven saves ... Notched two or more strikeouts 10 times ... Villanova was 18-7 in the games he pitched in.
2009: Appeared in 23 games, starting one ... Compiled a 1-2 record with four saves and a 4.24 ERA ... Pitched 34.0 innings and tallied 30 strikeouts to average 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings ... Allowed 36 hits and 17 runs (16 earned) while walking 25 batters ... Opposing hitters batted .275 against him ... Did not allow a run in 15 of his 22 relief outings ... Pitched at least two innings in seven of those appearances ... Put together a string of seven straight games in which he went 14 innings without allowing an earned run ... His 23 games pitched tied for the seventh most in a single-season at Villanova.
2008: Saw action in nine games out of the bullpen ... Pitched 10.0 innings and allowed just nine hits for a .243 opponent batting average ... Walked 10 and struck out five while giving up four runs (three earned) ... Did not allow any home runs ... Logged seven scoreless outings among his 10 appearances.
Malvern Prep: Lettered three years in both baseball and basketball ... Played against current Wildcat teammates Joe Rosati and David Koczirka in baseball ... Second team All-Inter AC team ... Earned his school's First Honors status for his academics.
Personal: Born 8/4/88 in Newtown Square, Pa. ... Youngest of three children of Greg and Fran Francisco ... Siblings are Greg (27) and Erika (25) ... Erika played field hockey at Sacred Heart ... Chose to attend Villanova for the combination of its academic reputation and the opportunity to play baseball in the BIG EAST Conference ... Majoring in Marketing.