Tagged: Kevin Frandsen

KNBR Interview with Emmanuel Burriss recap

I listened to an interview the other day on KNBR the Giants flagship station. Murph and Mac were interviewing Emmanuel Burriss. Emmanuel Burriss is a
burriss09spring.jpgswitch hitter. He’s a little more athletic than Kevin Frandsen and Burriss can also play short too. The Giants did want him to be the everyday shortstop but he was making some errors, so they decided to go out and get Edgar Renteria. Burriss is now fighting for the 2nd base job with Kevin Frandsen.
Burriss started late at switch hitting. He started in college. He’s been trying to get stronger from the left side. It’s his primary focus to be consistent from the left side this year. He hopes to steal some bases this year if he plays full time.
 
When asked about the 2nd base battle with Frandsen. Burriss said Kevin and him are good friends and hang out a bunch. They both push each other very hard to help each other. Just to make themselves better and help the team. Burriss came up as a short stop but the Giants moved him to 2nd base. One of his favorite players growing up was Roberto Alomar. Burriss grew up a fan of the Braves, Orioles and liked the Giants cause his dad liked the Giants. Emmanuel Burriss father was a big fan of Willie Mays and Willie McCovey. Burriss introduced his dad to McCovey and said that’s the first time he seen his dad act like a little kid.
 
~King of Cali

Thoughts on the Giants Spring Training

The Giants have two players right now that are battling it out to be the Giants starting 2nd baseman. Emmanuel Burris and Kevin Frandsen are both stepping up to try to win the starting job. Burriss was the projected short stop until he was having fielding problems in winter league. The Giants then decided to go out and get a short stop and have Burriss compete for the 2nd base job with Kevin Frandsen.
 
Burriss this spring has played 11 games. He’s batting .370, with 10 hits in 27 AB’s.Frandsen is bating .318 with 7 hits in 22 AB’s. He has hit one home run so far, and that’s what the Giants need. They need some home run pop. The Giants do have 19 home runs already this spring. Only 3 players have multiple home runs. Giants infielder Travis Ishikawa is the only projected starter that has multiple home runs. He has 2 home runs in 29 AB’s and is batting .345.
 
Three veteran players are off to a slow start. Bengie Molina, Aaron Rowand and Randy Winn are still trying to get the rust off. Molina is hitting .261in 23 AB’s and has 1 home run. Rowand is hitting .208 in 24 AB’s with 1 home run. Winn is hitting .077 and has 2 hits in 26 AB’s. He just got his 2nd hit snapping his 1-23 streak. I’m not worried about these three guys. These guys are gamers and will be ready to play when it counts. Randy Winn has been the most reliable Giant the past couple of seasons.
 
~King of Cali

Thoughts on Giants, Dodgers Cactus League game 2/26/09

Matt Cain started the game for the Giants. He did give up a home run to Russell Martin. Cain did look good today. His fastball was 90-93 mph, curve was good, but his change up was really impressive per a Phillies scout who was at the game. Pat Misch only pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up 5 runs on 5 hits.
 
The Giants blew the most leads last year with their bullpen. That’s why the Giants went out and got Jeremy Affeldt and Bob Howry. They think with the addition of these two guys. The Giants should add a lot more wins this season. Well right after I just wrote that. Jeremy Affeldt gave up 4 runs and 5 hits in the 7th inning. I’m sure that’s not what Giants fans expected to see, but everyone knows it’s Spring Training. Now if this was the end of Spring Training then we would have something to worry about.
 
Travis Ishikawa went 1-2 with a double and scored a run. He’s starting off hot so far this spring. He doesn’t plan on losing the starting first base job. Pablo Sandoval had an 0-3 day and leaving 4 men on base. Center fielder Aaron Rowand had a home run and went 1-3.
 
Juan Uribe went 2-3 and hit a 2 run double in the bottom of the 8th to cut into the Dodgers lead. Uribe was picked up to be utility player but he can very well make a push for the starting 2nd base position. As for the 2nd base battle. Kevin Frandsen went 1-1 with a walk, run and RBI. Emmanuel Burris went 1-2.
 
The Dodgers went on to score 6 runs in the 9th inning against Sergio Romo. The Dodgers couldn’t touch Romo last season. Jon Miller was calling him the Dodger killer. Romo didn’t give up any runs up to them last season. I’m glad it’s only spring training. The final score ended up being 16-7. The Dodgers got 16 runs on 17 hits and 1 error, and the Giants had 7 runs on 12 hits and 1 error.
 
Just an fyi… I can’t stream the game on the radio cause MLB blocks the stations from streaming it. You must purchase MLB radio for $14.95. I decided to just order it. It gets you every game for the season, so I can listen to other teams when the Giants aren’t playing. I love it! =)   
 
~King of Cali