PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — No one is hitting for more power in 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 for extra bases.
"He's hitting, man," 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. He posted an .834 OPS in a small sample size. 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 affinity for Freddy Galvis, who is the best 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."
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