He's no Jayson Werth, but replacement right-fielder Ben Francisco is holding his own in a starting role.
After 24 games, including 22 starts in right, Francisco has been, frankly, not dissimilar to what he produced sitting behind Werth in a reduced role on the bench. As a starter, he's hitting. 261/.327/.455 (110 OPS+) with four home runs, actually hitting better against righties than lefties. Fears that he would eventually be exposed as an everyday player have not come to fruition, at least not yet. His numbers are nearly identical to his five-year career average as a role player between Cleveland and Philadelphia (.263/.329/.446). Unfortunately, his glove is worse than many expected. He's surprisingly raw at the craft, and kind of a moronic route runner.
Add everything together, however, and he's an above-average producer. The Phils would be wise to stick with him for now, with hopes that he can improve in certain areas.
The question is whether the Phillies can afford to stay the course in both corner outfield spots? If the Phils were to make any change, it should come in left field. More and more, it appears the Phils are easing Raul Ibanez out of his full-time role in left. Ibanez hasn't had a hit in eight games, and although he hit the ball hard in Arizona, he's grounding out weakly at a maddening clip: a 2.06 groundball/flyball ratio.
Meanwhile, Domonic Brown looms and continues to make fast progress, homering again last night. Still, it's unclear whether the Phils would be comfortable taking away his at bats in a hybrid role on the Phillies' bench. There were thoughts, at one point when everyone was healthy, that the Phils could go with a platoon at both corners, mixing Brown with Mayberry, Francisco, Ibanez and even Ross Gload, who has not factored into the outfield mix.
Right now, it's difficult to argue against Francisco keeping his job. What happens in left is anyone's guess.