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He is a 1999 graduate of Servite High School in Anaheim, California where he played on the same baseball team as former Indians' teammate Ryan Garko. He attended and played baseball at Cypress Junior College in 2000 and went on to play at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 and 2003.
He was selected by the Indians in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. He was recalled from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on May 1, 2007, and made his major league debut that night as a late-game defensive replacement. On June 29, 2007, Francisco got his first hit and his first home run in his first major league start. His home run came leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Indians a 2-1, walk-off win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
On July 29, Francisco was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with reigning Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee, for a selection of top minor league prospects including Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, Lou Marson, and Jason Knapp.
- ↑ Ben Francisco Baseball Statistics. The Baseball Cube. Retrieved on 2007-07-02.
- ↑ Castrovince, Anthony (2007-05-01). Tribe sends Carmona to Triple-A. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-02.
- ↑ http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090729&content_id=6127566&vkey=news_cle&fext=.jsp&c_id=cle
- ↑ http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8183819/toronto-blue-jays-send-francisco-cordero-houston-astros-10-player-deal