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: