2013 Phillies Report Card: Kevin Frandsen

Kevin Frandsen‘s 2012 season was a better effort than anyone – anyone – expected of him when he was signed as a minor league free agent in 2011, especially with how that 2011 season started. It appears, though, that 2012 was a fine slider-size piece of Kobe beef wedged between a now-stale top bun and moldy bottom.

Picture an attractive man or woman’s face. Smooth features, nice cheekbones, eyes that catch the light just right; this was Kevin Frandsen in 2012. Now, picture this face smiling, only to display two snaggleteeth and a chipped incisor, and you’ve got a decent handle on what 2013 was like.

Frandsen’s 2012 performance – .338/.383/.451, BABIP red flag and all – was a happy surprise, and offered some hope for a stabilizing infield bench bat that could actually hit a little bit. It wasn’t like there was a ton of faith lingering for Michael Martinez or Freddy Galvis to suddenly learn how to OPS .700, and Cody Asche was still a mere blip on the horizon.

But Frandsen couldn’t prolong the magic. He saw more playing time, mostly as a fill-in starter for Chase Utley or Ryan Howard, but all that amounted to was a rather dismal .234/.296/.341 in 278 PA, good for 0.5 rWAR (boosted by ludicrously high defensive ratings across the league) and a flat zero-point-zero fWAR. He held his platoon advantage just fine (.869 OPS against LHP), but 190 of his 278 PA were against RHP, and a .536 OPS against them does a lot to undo the good of the previous.

Frandsen’s 2013 gets a  D from me. He’ll probably be given a new contract, anyway, because that’s where we’re at by now. And I’m pretty sure I just saw another one of those teeth turn into a fang.

Grades from the rest of the Crashburn staff:

Bill Michael Eric Ryan
D D+ D D-


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  1. Ryan

    October 02, 2013 08:41 AM

    Love the analogy!

  2. JM

    October 02, 2013 09:28 AM

    I don’t think I would be unhappy with a 3B platoon of Frandsen and Asche, at least to start the season…

  3. Ryan

    October 02, 2013 10:42 AM

    Frandsen is also a useful platoon for Howard/Utley when you give them days off against lefties. We could have a lefty mashing lineup of Ruiz/Frandsen/JMJ/Ruf that would seem to be the ideal time to give Utley/Howard/lefty outfielder(s) a rest. Our bench should be filled with players who mash lefties. Hopefully Sandberg is better at utilizing it than Charlie was (i.e. all of those players seeing too much time against righties!).

  4. bubba0101

    October 02, 2013 10:46 AM

    So, if used properly as a bench/situation player against lefties he could be useful? I guess theres a spot on a 25 man roster for that.

  5. Smitty

    October 02, 2013 11:16 AM

    Where was any mention of his early season pinch hitting prowess ? You missed something.

  6. Phillie697

    October 02, 2013 11:48 AM


    Yes, because we don’t already have 17 bats that should platooned. Let’s please waste another roster spot to do so.

  7. LTG

    October 02, 2013 03:08 PM


    Ruf and JMJ are redundant. The Phils should not keep both. And it is likely they won’t because JMJ is due to become expensive in arbitration this offseason.

    Frandsen might find himself in the same position. It makes no sense to keep Frandsen, Galvis, and Hernandez on the roster. One them will have to go.

  8. Paul Boye

    October 02, 2013 04:06 PM


    Frandsen’s OPS peaked at .891 on June 15, after 73 PA. The remaining 205 PA featured a .554 OPS. I think I had the big picture in focus here.

  9. Chris S.

    October 02, 2013 04:37 PM

    Lets not forget the 2 out 3-run double in the 5th game of the year. I had just turned the game on for the bottom of the 9th and the Phillies looked like they were going to blow another game by stranding the bases loaded with no one out, then steps up Frandsen to deliver a ball to the right-center field gap to plate 3 runs and give us an exciting victory over the Royals! That was probably the highlight of the year for me as far as phillies games that I actually watched.

  10. SJHaack

    October 02, 2013 05:56 PM

    I think I’d give him a C-, considering he’s a replacement level player who played precisely like a replacement level player, but was paid slightly more than league minimum. He sure was disappointing though, even with all the BABIPs.

  11. WayneKerrins

    October 02, 2013 06:53 PM

    Upgrade to C on facial hair alone. Does beards and taches better than The Killers 4 ball. Also his smiley home run jog rounds are a thing to take joy from and I know he’s hit a homer on a dodgy MLB leggy feed quicker than anyone since Howard in his pomp. Admittedly this is infrequent.

  12. Smitty

    October 03, 2013 09:38 AM

    Paul Boye –
    That has nothing to do with the fact that he was misused after his pinch hitting duties. He is not a regular in any way shape or form. But the team used him that way – had he been left to fill spots, pinch hit etc. it would have been different. Don’t obfuscate reality with stats. If a man is a farmer, don’t expect him to be an airline pilot. The fact is the team was so lousy they had no choice but to use him – square peg in round hole.

  13. joecatz

    October 06, 2013 11:21 AM

    Problem with resigning Frandsen comes down to hernandez and Galvis. theres just not room for all three of them. When you figure in arbitration eligibility around 1.3mm to 1.5mm for Frandsen, realize that Ruf takes his spot as a backup 1B, and both Galvis and hernandez are better defenders in the IF, tendering him a contract likely only happens if they decide to trade one of Galvis or hernandez.

  14. joecatz

    October 06, 2013 11:25 AM


    Frandsen, in 2013:

    as a starter: 232/292/313
    as a PH: 250/311/393

    vs LH starters: 286/358/408

    he’s not a PH defensive replacement type, so much as he is an occasional platoon player vs SOLELY LH pitching.

  15. joecatz

    October 06, 2013 11:28 AM

    another way to look at it:

    Galvis, Hernandez and Ruf: 1.6mm

    Galvis, Mayberry and Frandsen: 3.6mm

    non tendering Frandsen and Mayberry and replacing them with Ruf and hernandez is essentially giving them another 2mm in payroll space for essentially the same, if not better production.

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