Phillies Notes: Phillies' Kevin Frandsen having a hot spring training at the plate

Posted: March 09, 2013

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - No one is hitting for more power in the Phillies camp than Kevin Frandsen, a backup infielder. Backup infielders are not supposed to have slugging percentages like .808.

Frandsen homered off David Price on Friday. He is hitting .385 (10 for 26), with six of those hits going for extra bases.

"He's hitting, man," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He did some real good hitting. That's big-time hitting. Big-league hitting off a big-league pitcher."

Frandsen was rewarded with an $850,000 contract for his strong showing in 2012. So far, that has carried into the spring.

Yuniesky Betancourt has played well this spring and will make the Phillies think twice about keeping him. But Manuel reiterated his partiality for Freddy Galvis, who is the better infield defender. Only Galvis can be sent to the minors without passing through waivers.

"It would be outstanding if he got 300 at-bats," Manuel said. "But if he got 250, I think that's still better than getting 450 in the minor leagues."

Bad start

Reliever Phillippe Aumont was less than impressive in his World Baseball Classic debut for Canada on Friday. Aumont allowed three runs on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning of the Canadians' 14-4, mercy-rule loss to Italy in Phoenix.

Aumont retired the first two batters he faced in relief of Dustin Molleken in the seventh inning. That was followed by a single, a walk, a single, and a double.

Brown still hot

In more than half of Domonic Brown's 40 spring plate appearances, he has reached base. He singled two more times Friday. Both were off lefty Price, last year's American League Cy Young Award winner.

As it turns out, there are work hazards for being on base so often.

In the first inning, Price kept a close eye on Brown at first. He threw over. Brown scampered back, but Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney stepped on his right hand.

Brown stayed in the game, but during the next half inning had his hand treated in the dugout. There were a few marks left from the accident.

"It's all good," Brown said.

After the game, Manuel called Brown "the biggest bright spot" this spring.


 

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