Former Senator Manny Burriss is the Man in SF
Posted Mar 31, 2009 12:49PM By Knox Bardeen (RSS feed)
Filed Under: MLB Fantasy Felony
One of the more heated position battles this spring, and a contest with huge fantasy implications, came to an end this morning as Giants manager Bruce Bochy informed Kevin Frandsen that he was being optioned to Triple-A Fresno.
Kevin Frandsen was called into Bruce Bochy's office this morning and left in street clothes. The Giants just gave the official word: he has been optioned and will begin the season at Triple-A Fresno. All signs pointed to this yesterday.
This opens the door for Manny Burris to be the every day second baseman. As a fantasy owner, this is the move you were hoping the Giants would make. With full-time at-bats, Burriss could make a run at stealing 25 bases this season.
Burriss has a .357 batting average with 25 hits this spring (second on the team) and has stolen four bases in 70 at-bats. Don't expect him to stay above the .300 mark this season, but you can see that his stolen base totals if projected out to 550 at-bats or so will provide a great source for cheap steals.
If you haven't drafted yet, he easily a late-round pick in mixed leagues and a must own in NL-only leagues. You should also consider finding a way to sign him in leagues that have already drafted. If Burriss is on your waiver wire he surely can be signed.