Burriss Wins Second Base Job, Pushes Frandsen to Minors

Wesley YeeContributor IMarch 31, 2009

Emmanuel “Manny” Burriss as he now seems to want to be called, has won the Giants starting second baseman job. Fan favorite Kevin Frandsen will start the season at AAA Fresno. Burriss, who came up last season as a rookie, is the faster player and is also a switch hitter. He hit .357 in spring training and .283 last season in 240 at bats. Frandsen, who had just one at bat last season after returning from injury, hit .274 this spring.

Burriss projects as a .280-300 hitter with minimal power and above average speed. He probably doesn’t have much value outside of a deep NL only league, but he could provide 30 steals or so. His speed indicates that he is actually capable of more than that, but San Francisco is not a running team both in philosophically and physically - with the number of slow players they have who clog up the bases.

Also reassigned were C Buster Posey, 1B/OF John Bowker, Positionless Jesus Guzman and Reliever Osiris Matos.