Starting August 24th, when he came in mid-game, Frandsen has played in 21 out of 28 games, so he has been getting regular play for a whole month now. In 65 AB, he has scored 10 runs, drove in 9 and struck out only 6 times, with a batting line of .400/.431/.554/.985 and 2 SB (and a homer). This does not count yesterday's game, where he went 0-for-4 with a run scored and a walk. Still, pretty nice stats overall, the only thing to complain about is his lack of walks but that is relatively minor since he's keeping strikeouts to a low, his contact rate is a sterling 91%, which is elite status. When you are hot like this, you need to continue to be aggressive and get the hits, plus he was able to get walks when he wanted to last season, particularly in the AFL, so I think he can switch to getting walks when the need comes.
This great period is marked by his great hitting in September. He has played in 15 of 21 games in the month, and started 7 of the last 8 games. In 50 AB, he has scored 9 runs, drove in 5 and struck out only 4 times, with a batting line of .420/.444/.520/.964 and 2 SB. Again, this does not count yesterday's game, unfortunately baseball-reference.com has not updated their stats yet (still the best for baseball stats out there, they recently added minor league stats as well).
I would like to see Frandsen start in 2008, to see what he's got (so far, so good), and if we are unable to trade Durham away during spring training without paying most of his salary to his new team, I would rather play Frandsen at 3B, at least to start the season, perhaps Durham can recover to have a good season and be a valuable trading chip by mid-season. Then Aurilia could take over 3B as Frandsen shifts over to 2B.
Again, to my way of thinking, the Giants should not go all out in free agency to be competitive. Selectively sign only the best young hitters available, particularly if they are in the infield, and use our supply of OF prospects to fill in the outfield, while still pursuing a trade of Winn, though with Bonds gone for certain, there is not as much need anymore as there will be plenty of ABs for the young guys, but if we can trade Winn and keep Roberts, the OF could be Roberts in LF, Davis in CF, Schierholtz in RF, with Lewis getting a lot of AB across the OF, plus if Ortmeier is starting at 1B, he could play some OF if and when Aurilia starts at 1B.
Some have scoffed or pooh-poohed my thought that Roberts is the one to be kept because he can train our base-stealers. In yesterday's MLB.com article on Frandsen (which jogged my memory on Frandsen):
Fradsen [SIC] will be able to add baserunning to his resume pretty soon, too. Dave Roberts was giving him basestealing tips in the outfield before Monday's game, and Fradsen [SIC] looked like a quick study as he easily grabbed second in the third inning for his fourth stolen base of the season.
This is why I want Roberts around at least one season if not for his contract. We need him to spread his wealth of knowledge to as many Giants prospects as possible, preferably the speedsters in our system. To utilize speed properly, you need to learn enough technique so that you can steal at least 75% successfully, and the best can steal 80%+ successfully (and Roberts has been around there for much of his career). Else you become a Jason Ellison, full of speed but owner of a 65% success rate in 32 career steal attempts (21 SB, 11 CS).
Outs are so crippling, particularly when on the basepaths, that if we, as an organization, is going to devote ourselves to speed, we need to make sure that our players know how to steal bases using the best techniques around. And with apologies to Darren Lewis, who was a fair base stealer in his playing days (247 stolen bases but, whoa!, only a sickly 69% success rate, didn't know it was that bad, no wonder Ellison never developed), Dave Roberts learned from one of the masters, Maury Wills.
This shows from his career stats. Robert's career success rate is 81%, and over the past four seasons, it was 84%, with seasonal rates of 97%, 89%, and 86% in three of those seasons (he had a horrible year his first year with the Padres and Bochy, but has been excellent the past 2 seasons; that 86% is still in flux as he could SB or CS in the final games of the season). We need a player like him to teach our young speedsters how to properly utilize their speed on the basepaths so that they run into less outs when stealing. It is a significant difference between now having a runner on second when he was on first versus having one less out and base runner.
Just keep him around, we need to get our speedsters to be at their best.