Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Saltzman Says...Recalling an earlier Kevin Frandsen Post

Kevin Frandsen Update:

Frandsen signs a minor league deal with the Phillies.

After a tryout in Spring with the San Diego Padres resulted in his release, Kevin Frandsen had a deal lined up to Arizona.  After that deal fell through, the Philadelphia Phillies came calling.  With Luis Castillo being released today, Wilson Valdez is the only 2nd base option for the three-time NL East Champions currently on the roster.  Frandsen will provide much needed insurance in AAA if called on.  Chase Utley is injured, and with Frandsen's signing, it is clear that the Phillies don't have faith in a quick recovery or in their current crop at 2nd.  All of this is good news for Frandsen, who could be back in the bigs if Castillo doesn't work as a adequate fill in.

HERE is a link to my previous article on the San Jose native.

Started Pro Career at home in San Jose
Quickly moved up to Fresno
Became an instant feel good story
Given opportunity to start at 2nd
Was being looked at as a future .300 hitter
Achilles Tendon injury ended his season
Had a short stint with Pawtucket Red Sox
Signed and played for the Anaheim Angels
Had a Spring tryout in San Diego

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