Tuesday, March 20, 2007





Kevin Frandsen got the start at 2B. He had one of his better offensive days, going 3 for 4 with 2 singles and a HR. Unfortunately, his HR was a solo job.. He was caught stealing in the 7th and left on base in the 2nd. He struck out in the 9th, in a 3-4 game with a man on 2B and 1 out. Kevin's HR was pulled to the back of the LF bullpen and was not affected by the wind.

10 comments:

DrBGiantsfan said...

Kevbo started off ST scrapping with a bunch of HBP's and BB's. Then he had a couple of multihit games to get us all excited. Then he went into a bit of a slump as his BA sank toward the Mendoza line. Last couple of games he seems to be coming around again. We'll see if he can keep it going. In the past, once he gets it going, he can keep it going.

No matter what, I think he needs to play every day and get a lot of AB's. That means Fresno until there's an injury.

Giantfan9 said...

IF he clears waivers.

nick gee said...

He can't be out of options yet, surely?

DrBGiantsfan said...

I'm sure Kevin Frandsen has options left.

Giantfan9 said...

For some reason, I thought you were talking about Niekro. Too much wine with dinner I guess.

Of course Frandsen has options. But I think it is a done deal that he is the utility guy. Who else would get that job? Tomas DeLaRosa? DeLaRosa isn't on the 40-man roster....of course with Niekro, Ellison and Threets on the bubble.......there should be a couple of spots opening up.

allfrank said...

He's going to get the same shot all the Giants system guys get - start as a utility/backup guy, get 200-375 ABS to show what you can do at the plate and in the field. If he hits 280 he'll get a shot to win a starting position next year. If he is sub 250, anything can happen. I am in agreement with the Giant's philosophy (and that of many other teams) of not just handing a starting position to an unproved young guy and waiting and waiting, hoping he can learn to hit major league pitching. The Kansas City's can do that, but contending teams can't. See Niekro, L, circa 2006. I also agree the F Alou approach of parking young guys at the end of the bench is counter productive. I acknowledge that a guy has to see regular ABs. Regular ABs = 10-20 per week, week in, week out. That is regular enough. If a guy can't hit every other day, he won't hit playing every day.

DrBGiantsfan said...

The A's routinely hand starting gigs to rooks and they seem to make it work out just fine.

IMO, the hardest thing to do in all of baseball is come off the bench and hit. Bad for development, bad for confidence. Kids need to play everyday or they waste/fade away.

Anonymous said...

is he in the air in this picture? it looks like his spikes aren't touching the ground

allfrank said...

I agree with you Dr. B. Last year, I think it was Ellison who Alou just parked at the end of the bench for months at a time and of course, when he got in he didn't hit a lick. And pinch hitting also takes a certain mind set. But what I am talking about is regular, though limited, playing time, such as starting every 2nd or 3rd day. This will give a guy 10-15 ABs a week - and not in a pinch hitting role, but as a "starter," as in 3-4 ABs in a game.

Giantfan9 said...

Yes, Frandsen is in the air. He has a bad habit of "bouncing" as the pitcher delivers the ball.