Kevin Frandsen

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Kevin Frandsen
Kevin Frandsen on August 1, 2012.jpg
Frandsen on August 1, 2012.
Washington Nationals – No. 19
Utility infielder
Born: (1982-05-24) May 24, 1982 (age 32)
Los Gatos, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 2006 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .259
Home runs 15
Runs batted in 110

Kevin Vincent Frandsen (born May 24, 1982) is an American professional baseball utility infielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball.



Born in Los Gatos, California, Frandsen graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California, and later attended San José State University, playing for the Spartans and leaving the school as its all-time leader in hits. Frandsen is one of the 28 graduates from Bellarmine to play professional baseball.

San Francisco Giants[edit]

He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round (370th overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft and made his Major League debut with the Giants on April 28, 2006. Frandsen hit his first Major League home run on August 17, 2006, against the Padres at Petco Park.[1]

In March 2008, the San Francisco Giants confirmed that Frandsen ruptured his left Achilles tendon, which forced him to miss nearly the entire season.[2] Frandsen was activated before the final game of the season; he had his only at-bat as a pinch hitter and made an out.

Frandsen participated in the Arizona Fall League in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

During the Giants' 2009 spring training camp Frandsen competed with Emmanuel Burriss for the starting second baseman position; Burris was named the starter on April 1, 2009 and Frandsen was sent to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. Later in the year, May 17, 2009, Frandsen was called up as Juan Uribe was placed on the bereavement list.[3]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Just prior to the 2010 season, Frandsen was dealt to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

On March 29, 2010, Frandsen was optioned to the Boston Red Sox Triple-A Affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox along with catcher Dusty Brown.[4]

On April 28, 2010, Frandsen was Designated for Assignment by the Red Sox.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

Frandsen batting for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2010.

On April 29, 2010, Frandsen was acquired off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[5] He was added to the active roster, mainly playing third base to help the team deal with injuries to Maicer Izturis and Brandon Wood.

After the 2010 season, the Angels non-tendered Frandsen, making him a free agent.[6]

San Diego Padres[edit]

On January 5, 2011, Frandsen signed a minor-league contract with the San Diego Padres.[7] He was released on March 25.[8]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Kevin Frandsen looks on in a game on September 7, 2013

Three days after his release from the Padres, Frandsen signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent the 2011 season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate. After spending the first four months of the 2012 season in Lehigh Valley, he was placed on the Phillies' 25-man active roster on July 27 following Plácido Polanco's move to the Disabled List. Frandsen played 55 games, including 49 starts at third base, batting .338 with 10 doubles and 2 home runs in 195 at-bats. After the season, he signed a one-year contract with the Phillies.[citation needed]

On May 26, 2013, Frandsen was ejected by umpire Mike Winters for arguing a swinging strike call. It was Frandsen's first career MLB ejection.[9]

On June 22, 2013, Frandsen hit his first career walk-off home run, a blast off the facade of the upper deck in left field, giving the Phillies a win over the New York Mets.[citation needed]

On December 2, 2013, Frandsen signed one-year contract with Philadelphia that would pay him $900,000 in 2014, avoiding arbitration.[10] He was outrighted off the roster on March 23, 2014, and elected for free agency on March 25.

Washington Nationals[edit]

Frandsen signed with the Washington Nationals on March 26, 2014.[11]

Personal life[edit]

His older brother, David Frandsen Jr. ("D.J."), died in 2004 from a 19-year battle with Wilms' tumor, a mere three months after Frandsen was drafted.[12] As a token of affection and remembrance, Giants pitching coach and long-time family friend Dave Righetti offered Frandsen his jersey number 19, knowing that D.J.'s favorite number was also 19, and that he had admired Righetti as a child.[13]

In 2007, Frandsen completed the final two classes he needed for graduation and earned a degree in finance from San José State University.[14]


  1. ^ The Official Site of The San Francisco Giants: News: San Francisco Giants News
  2. ^ Shea, John (March 25, 2008). "Frandsen likely to miss season - Achilles injury". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ Burris to Start at Second Base, April 1, 2009
  4. ^ Red Sox option Frandsen, Brown to Triple-A, March 29th, 2010
  5. ^ Palmer, Pete (ed.). Who's who in Baseball? (98 ed.). p. 53. 
  6. ^ Spencer, Lyle (December 2, 2010). "Halos opt to let Frandsen become free agent". Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ Polishuk, Mark (January 5, 2011). "Padres Sign Kevin Frandsen". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Palmer, Pete (ed.). Who's who in Baseball? (98 ed.). p. 53. 
  9. ^ "MLB Ejection 044: Mike Winters (1; Kevin Frandsen)." Close Call Sports/Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. May 26, 2013.
  10. ^ Phillies Avoid Arbitration With Kevin Frandsen
  11. ^ Creasnick, Jerry (March 26, 2014). "Nationals add Kevin Frandsen". Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ The Official Site of The San Francisco Giants: News: Prospect inspired by brother's life
  13. ^ The Official Site of The San Francisco Giants: News: Notes: Righetti gives number to rookie
  14. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (May 23, 2007). "Giants notebook: Frandsen to wear different cap". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 

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