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Frandsen graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California, and later attended San José State University, playing for the Spartans and leaving the school as its all-time leader in hits. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round (370th overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft and made his Major League debut with the Giants on April 28, 2006. Frandsen hit his first Major League home run on August 17, 2006, against the Padres at PETCO Park.
In March 2008, the San Francisco Giants confirmed that Frandsen ruptured his left Achilles' tendon, which forced him to miss nearly the entire season. Frandsen was activated before the final game of the season; he had his only at-bat as a pinch hitter and made an out.
Frandsen participated in the Arizona Fall League in 2005, 2006 and 2008.
During the Giants' 2009 spring training camp Frandsen competed with Emmanuel Burriss for the starting second baseman position; Burris was named the starter on April 1, 2009 and Frandsen was sent to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. Later in the year, May 17, 2009, Frandsen was called up as Juan Uribe was placed on the bereavement list.
Just prior to the 2010 season, Frandsen was dealt to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later and cash considerations.
His older brother, David Frandsen Jr. ("D.J."), died in 2004 from a 19-year battle with Wilms' tumor, a mere three months after Frandsen was drafted. As a token of affection and remembrance, Giants pitching coach and long-time family friend Dave Righetti offered Frandsen his jersey number 19, knowing that D.J.'s favorite number was also 19, and that he had admired Righetti as a child.
In 2007, Frandsen completed the final two classes he needed for graduation and earned a degree in finance from San José State University.
- ↑ The Official Site of The San Francisco Giants: News: San Francisco Giants News
- ↑ Giants’ Frandsen injures Achilles’ tendon in minor league game: News: KCBS
- ↑ Burris to Start at Second Base SI.com, April 1, 2009
- ↑ The Official Site of The San Francisco Giants: News: Prospect inspired by brother's life
- ↑ The Official Site of The San Francisco Giants: News: Notes: Righetti gives number to rookie