Kevin Frandsen finds himself in the running for one of the final roster spots on the Philadelphia Phillies this season. He improved his chances by going 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored in the Phillies’ game with the Atlanta Braves.
Frandsen projects as a utility infielder with the ability to play all four infield positions. With it unclear of how many reserve field players the Phillies will carry on Opening Day, Frandsen’s spot is in question. He struggled last season. Playing in a career-high 119 games, Frandsen hit just .234 with five home runs and 26 RBIs. Those numbers were a disappointment after the season Frandsen had in 2012.
After a late July call-up that season, Frandsen hit .338 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 55 games. He will have to show he can improve those numbers during Spring Training to make this year’s team. His performance against the Braves was a good start. In the 2-2 tie, Frandsen had two of the team’s five total hits and accounted for both runs, driving one in and scoring the other.
Age is not on Frandsen’s side though, as he turns 32 this season. The Phillies have two younger infield options in Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf who are more appealing. Ruf is set to be a reserve outfielder and can back up Ryan Howard at first, while Galvis has the ability to cover second, third and short in the infield. If the Phillies carry an extra pitcher and are forced to cut an extra infielder, Frandsen would surely be the one to go.
Because Frandsen had such a good season in 2012, the Phillies should give him a good look this spring. With the Phillies set to go with prospect Cody Asche at third, having a seasoned veteran to back him up would be reassuring.