Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, January 30, 2013 02:30 PM Comments: 11
Infielder Kevin Frandsen proved to be one of the most pleasant surprises for the Phillies in 2012. In a season that saw the infield struggle with injuries, the team called up the California native to fill a void at third base and he proved to be a worthy addition. Frandsen, who was an International League All-Star last year for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, joined the Phillies in late July and proceed to notch a .338 average with two homers and 14 RBI in 55 contests.
The 30-year-old Frandsen, who is a .267 career big league hitter, is slated to be the key reserve for a Phils infield that projects to be at full health headed into the 2013 season.
Last week, I spoke with Kevin about his success with the Phillies, his two managers from last season, his unique foundation and more. Read ahead to check out the full interview.
-Kevin, you had a lot of success last year at the Triple-A level and in the majors. I just wanted to get some thoughts from you on what you would attribute the great output last year.
Just playing. I’ve always done well in the minor leagues, ’cause I played every day and I finally got an opportunity to play every day in the big leagues and it’s taken six, seven years up there, you know, fighting and doing stuff to finally get that opportunity and, you know, that’s all it is. You ask a basketball player how they’re gonna get a chance to shine and it’s to get minutes. It’s the same thing, just getting innings in there and at bats and, hopefully, things go right and they did. I felt like- I’ve always asked if I could sink or swim up there and I felt like I swam. Hopefully, that will continue and I’ll help out the team this year and, obviously, the main goal is to get hardware and winning championships here is the number one goal. Continue reading Off-season Q&A: Frandsen Speaks of 2012 Success