San Francisco Giants: Tales From The Middle Infield

Claire ReclosadoSenior Analyst IMarch 31, 2009

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 23:  Emmanuel Burriss of the San Francisco Giants poses during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 23, 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by: Harry How/Getty Images)

It is always a focal point when it comes to defense—the middle infield. There is nothing more impressive than a pair of middle infielders pirouetting their way through a seemingly impossible double play. The shortstop and second baseman play nine innings with daily unspoken implied importance.

As non-Texas Ranger Omar Vizquel made his appearance against the San Francisco Giants, his value to the fans was made obvious through the warm applause that greeted him. Always a gentleman, the Gold Glover was humble when asked about the situation.

“Here, I don't know. Maybe some people will remember me here,” Vizquel said to Chris Haft, Giants beat writer for “It feels weird, being clapped by the fans in that way. It feels really emotional, I would say."

On the San Francisco side of things, the second baseman battle between Kevin Frandsen and Emmanuel Burriss continues.

At this point, Frandsen has played in 27 games hitting .286 with 11 runs, five RBI, five doubles, one home run, and one stolen base.

Burriss, on the other hand, has appeared in 25 games and earned a .362 BA with 13 runs, nine RBI, four doubles, one triple, and four stolen bases.

Injury has slowed Frandsen’s progress, who was once looked upon as the future star of the Giants. The team’s recent decision to see Frandsen’s performance at other infield spots may be an indication that Burriss may be pulling away in the race.

After Burriss’ strong showing from last season, the team may be more confident with the 24-year-old.

Also vying for a spot on the Opening Day roster is Juan Uribe. Today the 30-year-old went yard twice in the Giants’ losing effort against the Rangers. With his spring showing, it looks as if Uribe has earned his place on the team as a utility infielder.

The Giants have 32 players on their current roster and will be cutting the last seven in the next few days.