Kevin Frandsen

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Kevin Frandsen
Frandsen with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012
Free agent
Utility player
Born: (1982-05-24) May 24, 1982 (age 36)
Los Gatos, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 2006, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .258
Home runs 15
Runs batted in 110

Kevin Vincent Frandsen (born May 24, 1982) is an American professional baseball utility player who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals.



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

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]

On May 13, 2007, Frandsen, playing 2nd base, assisted on Omar Vizquel ’s MLB record setting 1,591th double play.[2]

On September 21, 2007, Frandsen became the most recent player on the San Francisco Giants to get five base hits in a single game [3]

In March 2008, the San Francisco Giants confirmed that Frandsen ruptured his left Achilles tendon, which forced him to miss nearly the entire season.[4] 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.[5]

Boston Red Sox

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, he was optioned to the Red Sox's Triple-A Affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox, along with catcher Dusty Brown.[6] He was Designated for Assignment on April 28.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

On April 29, 2010, Frandsen was acquired off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[7] 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.[8]

San Diego Padres

On January 5, 2011, Frandsen signed a minor-league contract with the San Diego Padres.[9] He was released on March 25.[7]

Philadelphia Phillies

File:Kevin Frandsen looks on, September 7, 2013.jpg
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.[10]

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.[11] He was outrighted off the roster on March 23, 2014, and elected for free agency on March 25.

Washington Nationals

After leading Major League Baseball with 14 pinch hits in 2013,[12] Frandsen signed with the Washington Nationals on March 26, 2014.[13]

He was released on April 1, 2015.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Frandsen signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 21, 2015. He was released on May 30.[14]

San Francisco Giants

Frandsen signed a minor league deal with his original team, the San Francisco Giants on May 31, 2015.[15] On September 23, he was called up to the majors to replace Ehire Adrianza after the latter had suffered a concussion.[16]

Personal life

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.[17] 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.[18]

Frandsen, with family and friends, started and runs the "19 For Life" Foundation " fund off-site recreational activities for children coping with serious illness at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; scholarships for local high school athletes who have overcome illness and adversity; and Bellarmine seniors needing financial assistance to complete their high school education." [19][20][21]

In 2007, Frandsen completed the final two classes he needed for graduation and earned a degree in finance from San José State University.[22]


  1. Draper, Rich. (June 30, 2014) The Official Site of The San Francisco Giants: News: San Francisco Giants News. Retrieved on 2015-10-27.
  2. Vizquel sets shortstop double-play mark, May 13, 2007
  3. Giants Rare Feats, September 21, 2007
  4. Shea, John (March 25, 2008). "Frandsen likely to miss season – Achilles injury". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  5. Burris to Start at Second Base, April 1, 2009
  6. "Red Sox option Frandsen, Brown to Triple-A". March 29, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Palmer, Pete (ed.). Who's who in Baseball? (98 ed.). p. 53. 
  8. Spencer, Lyle (December 2, 2010). "Halos opt to let Frandsen become free agent". Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  9. Polishuk, Mark (January 5, 2011). "Padres Sign Kevin Frandsen". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  10. "MLB Ejection 044: Mike Winters (1; Kevin Frandsen)." Close Call Sports/Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. May 26, 2013.
  11. Phillies Avoid Arbitration With Kevin Frandsen[dead link]
  12. Kilgore, Adam (March 26, 2014). "Nationals sign Kevin Frandsen to complete bench". Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  13. Creasnick, Jerry (March 26, 2014). "Nationals add Kevin Frandsen". Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  14. Diamondbacks Release Kevin Frandsen. (May 30, 2015). Retrieved on 2015-10-27.
  15. Schulman, Henry. (May 31, 2015) Giants Splash: Frandsen returns to the fold; Ishikawa stays. Retrieved on 2015-10-27.
  16. Haft, Chris. (June 30, 2014) Kevin Frandsen called up by Giants | Retrieved on 2015-10-27.
  17. Draper, Rich. (June 30, 2014) The Official Site of The San Francisco Giants: News: Prospect inspired by brother's life. Retrieved on 2015-10-27.
  18. The Official Site of The San Francisco Giants: News: Notes: Righetti gives number to rookie. Retrieved on October 27, 2015.
  19. 19 for Life, May 31, 2015
  20. Kevin Frandsen honors brother with every step he takes, July 1, 2012
  21. For love of the game and brother, July 10, 2012
  22. Baggarly, Andrew (May 23, 2007). "Giants notebook: Frandsen to wear different cap". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 

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