Limited Role Likely For Philadelphia Phillies' Kevin Frandsen

By David A. Cattai
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

In the eyes of many Philadelphians as well as the Philadelphia Phillies management, last season was a huge disappointment.

Many people want to give the Phillies a mulligan for the 2012 season due to injuries to their main core of players. Despite a terrible first half of the season, the Phillies were able to continue their outstanding second half dominance with a 44-31 record and finished the season at the .500 mark.

One of the weak spots for the Phillies during the entire 2012 season, not only just the first half, was the productivity from the hot corner.

Kevin Frandsen quickly became a fan favorite from the very start of his call up late in the season due to his hustle and grit on the diamond. The 30-year old third baseman took the place of the injured Placido Polanco and never looked back. Frandsen was able to  hit .338 with two home runs and knock in 24 runs during his 55 games with the Phillies. Many thought that Frandsen was a good replacement for Polanco, but in reality he was not the answer.

Frandsen was originally given a contract extension at the end of last season and the thought was that he could contend to start at third base once the 2013 season began. But when the Phillies acquired Michael Young from the Texas Rangers via trade, Frandsen’s chances of a starting job basically went away.

Frandsen will likely come off the bench for manager Charlie Manuel in a pinch hitting role. As a pinch hitter in 2012, Frandsen had two hits in four at bats with an RBI. Something to think about when looking at Frandsen is the fact that he has only been on a major league roster for more than 100 games once in his entire career.

Frandsen should definitely see more than 100 games as a part of the Phillies roster in 2013 due to the fact that he can play multiple positions and he is a right-handed bat off of the bench.

Despite not being in the projected Opening Day lineup, Frandsen may still have a chance to help the Phillies return to the playoffs in 2013.

David A. Cattai is a featured journalist with Rant Sports & Buzz On Broad.

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