Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Saltzman Says...Here's hoping Kevin Frandsen finds a role

Kevin Franden, who grew up cheering for the San Francisco Giants much like myself, is trying to make the Padres Opening Day roster as a utility infielder

Frandsen graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California, and later attended San José State University, playing for the Spartans and leaving the school as its all-time leader in hits. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round (370th overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft and made his Major League debut with the Giants on April 28, 2006. Frandsen hit his first Major League home run on August 17, 2006, against the Padres at PETCO Park.  In March 2008, the San Francisco Giants confirmed that Frandsen ruptured his left Achilles' tendon, which forced him to miss nearly the entire season. Frandsen was activated before the final game of the season; he had his only at-bat as a pinch hitter and made an out. During the Giants' 2009 spring training camp Frandsen competed with Emmanuel Burriss for the starting second baseman position; Burris was named the starter on April 1, 2009 and Frandsen was sent to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. Later in the year, May 17, 2009, Frandsen was called up as Juan Uribe was placed on the bereavement list. Just prior to the 2010 season, Frandsen was dealt to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

In memory of DJ Frandsen, who was Kevin's older brother, here is the link to an article about how Kevin kept his brother's memory alive as he ascended to the major leagues.

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