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Nick Franklin | Outfielder | #2

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (27) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Nick Franklin, who didn't play Tuesday because of an illness, hit a three-run homer and walked Wednesday.
Franklin's strong finish last year and versatility appeared likely to make him a significant part of the Rays' plans for this year, but his stock seems to have faded some, and even with two regulars set to open the year on the DL in Matt Duffy and Colby Rasmus, it's unclear what Franklin's role will be. He has both pop and stolen base ability, giving some upside for fantasy purposes. It doesn't look like he'll be a factor early on, though. Mar 29 - 4:55 PM

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Nick Franklin was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup due to illness.

Franklin should be fine in the next day or two. The 26-year-old is expected to begin the season in a utility role.
Mar 28 - 8:48 AM

Nick Franklin went 3-for-3 with a stolen base Monday, raising his spring average to .571.

The Rays cut off Franklin's path to regular playing time by importing Colby Rasmus and bringing back Logan Morrison, but Franklin still figures to get plenty of playing time in his utility role and he has enough pop and speed to be of interest in AL-only leagues. He hit .270/.328/.443 in his 174 at-bats last year.
Mar 13 - 4:32 PM

Nick Franklin (hamstring) popped out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday versus the Yankees.

Franklin had been inactive for six straight days because of a moderate left hamstring strain. He probably isn't going to make many starts over the Rays' final 11 regular-season games.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 09:06:00 AM

Nick Franklin was diagnosed with a moderate strain of his left hamstring following an MRI.

Franklin suffered the injury last Thursday. At this point, it's going to be tough for him to make it back this season. Steven Souza (hip) is also sidelined right now, so Mikie Mahtook figures to see regular playing time in right field over the final two weeks.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 03:41:00 PM

Nick Franklin is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left hamstring strain Monday.

Franklin hasn't played since straining the hamstring last Thursday and he isn't making much progress on the side. Any injury is a potential season-ender at this point, but the MRI results should tell the whole story. Franklin, 25, has registered an impressive .280/.343/.465 batting line in 53 games this summer for Tampa Bay. He missed time with a concussion in August.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 09:07:00 AM

Nick Franklin was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Orioles with a left hamstring strain.

The injury doesn't sound too serious and Franklin should be ready to return to the Rays lineup at some point over the weekend. Richie Shaffer replaced him at first base on Thursday and could draw a start on Friday if Franklin isn't ready to go.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 09:18:00 PM

Rays activated INF/OF Nick Franklin from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Franklin played in a rehab game on Friday to show that his concussion symptoms were behind him. He'll draw some starts in left field over the final month.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 08:12:00 AM

Nick Franklin (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Friday.

Franklin expects to join the Rays in Houston later this weekend so it looks like he'll only need a game or two in the minors to get back up to speed. He suffered a concussion last week after getting hit by Kevin Kiermaier's backswing in the on-deck circle. Franklin has hit .292 with six steals in 34 appearances for Tampa Bay this year.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 08:29:00 PM

Rays placed INF/OF Nick Franklin on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Franklin suffered a head injury on Wednesday when he was hit by the backswing from Kevin Kiermaier while standing in the on-deck circle. While he passed all of his concussion tests and was cleared to play on Friday, something clearly wasn't right when he entered as a defensive replacement, lasting only two innings before leaving the game himself. At this point, there's no clear timetable for his potential return.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 10:36:00 PM

Nick Franklin (head) was removed from Friday's game against the Rangers.

Franklin, who passed concussion tests and was available off of the bench, entered the game when Kevin Kiermaier was lifted with a hip injury. He was replaced himself just two innings later though, and no reason has been given for the departure. There's a good chance that the issue could be related to the head injury he sustained on Wednesday when he was struck inadvertently by a teammate's backswing.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 08:46:00 PM

Nick Franklin passed concussion tests again Friday and is available off the bench.

Franklin was pulled from Wednesday's game with a head injury, but he'll be fine. He's batting .295/.368/.516 with four homers in 33 games with the Rays this season.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 04:21:00 PM

Nick Franklin was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Padres with an apparent head injury.

He was struck in the helmet by the backswing of Kevin Kiermaier while waiting in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the first inning. Franklin drew a walk and scored the game's first run, but Tim Beckham took over at second base in the top of the second. Franklin is probably going to be put through MLB's concussion protocol.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 01:39:00 PM

Nick Franklin went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored Tuesday against the Padres.

Franklin hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, one of five homers the Rays hit on the evening, and he also had an RBI single in the third inning. Franklin has enjoyed a few big games since being recalled on July 29, batting .288 with three homers and 10 RBI this month. The 25-year-old has also stolen a pair of bases in August, giving him six steals and four homers to go with a .295/.362/.516 line overall.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 11:40:00 PM

Nick Franklin went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

Franklin's third-inning home run off Kyle Gibson was just his second of the season. In 77 at-bats with the big league club, the 25-year-old outfielder is hitting .286/.353/.442. He rocked 12 homers as a rookie in 2013, but has hit just six since then.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 05:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Derek Norris
3Jesus Sucre
4Curt Casali
5Luke Maile
1B1Logan Morrison
2Nick Franklin
2B1Brad Miller
2Ryan Brett
SS1Matt Duffy
2Tim Beckham
3Daniel Robertson
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Shane Peterson
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Steven Souza
2Jason Coats
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Blake Snell
5Matt Andriese
6Chase Whitley
7Austin Pruitt
8Jaime Schultz
9Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Danny Farquhar
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Shawn Tolleson
7Ryan Garton
8Kevin Gadea
9Tommy Hunter
10Jumbo Diaz
11Justin Marks
12Cory Rasmus
13Diego Moreno