Posted By Jeff Fletcher on February 19, 2009 1:15 pm
I find it interesting that the stories about the Giants’ competition at second base continue to refer to it as a three-way battle(or even a four-way battle if you include Juan Uribe). Seems to me that Kevin Frandsen and Emmannuel Burriss are the only serious candidates here.
Does anyone really believe that Eugenio Velez has a chance to be the Giants everyday second baseman?
Here’s what Velez does well. He can…
- Run really fast.
- Run really really fast.
I suppose it’s also possible that he might become a threat with the bat, but I think he strikes out too much and walks too little to really be much of a contributor. I am certain, however, that he’s not going to be an above average middle infielder. Can the Giants afford to put him out there in an infield with Pablo Sandoval and Edgar Renteria? Velez just does too many fundamental things wrong for a team that needs to do every little thing right.
Between Frandsen and Burriss, I think each provide enough defense and enough offense, to varying degrees, to be everyday players. Unless one of them really stands above the other in spring training, my inclination would be to go with Frandsen because he’s older and more experienced than Burriss and because he’s got a chance to hit a little more. Meanwhile, I’d have Burriss play every day at Fresno. If it’s not working six or seven weeks into the season, I’d bring up Burriss.