DeFrancesco, himself, was terminated by the Astros after the Fresno Grizzlies had a 77-66 record finishing in second place in the Northern Division. Prior to his termination, DeFrancesco has had quite a notable run in his three years as the Grizzlies manager. In 2014, he led the team to the Triple-A Championship, and he won Baseball America’s Minor League Manager of the Year award.
It was more than wins and losses for DeFrancesco. Over the past few seasons, he has overseen the development of an extremely young and talented group of Astros players including, but not limited to Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman.
Prior to managing the Fresno Grizzlies, DeFrancesco worked in the Oakland Athletics organization, and he was a part of the Astros Major League staff. After Brad Mills was fired in 2012, DeFrancesco took over as the interim manager with his first win coming against the New York Mets. DeFrancesco holds the distinction of being the last National League Astros manager.
The New York native and Seton Hall graduate is seen as a analytical guy. Theoretically, DeFrancesco would then work quite well with a Mets front office seen as an analtyical one. It is also that front office’s first step in rebuilding their Triple-A coaching staff.
The outgoing manager, Lopez, lasted just one season with the 51s finishing in last place in the Southern Division with a disappointing 56-86 record. More than the record, the 51s saw some players who had good 2016 seasons struggle this year. Notably, Gavin Cecchini and Phillip Evans put up much better numbers in 2016 than 2017.
In addition to Lopez, Jack Voigt is out as hitting coach, and there are rumors Frank Viola will not return in his role as pitching coach. Check back with MMN as the Mets continue to rebuild their Triple-A coaching staff.