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Nick Franklin | Second Baseman | #2

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (27) / SEA
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Rays recalled INF/OF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Durham.
Franklin had a brief stint with the Rays earlier this month and he's back now that Mikie Mahtook is headed to the disabled list. The 25-year-old was batting .247/.316/.388 over 58 games in Triple-A this season. He's unlikely to provide fantasy value. Jun 21 - 12:52 PM

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Rays optioned INF/OF Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham.

With Logan Forsythe (shoulder) being activated from the disabled list, the Rays needed to make a little roster move. That little roster move turned out to be Franklin's return to Durham. Once a highly-regarded prospect, Franklin, 25, has just one major league at-bat to his name this season.
Jun 10 - 3:48 PM

Rays recalled INF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Durham.

Franklin has hit .258/.319/.418 for Durham this season. He's been a bust at the major league level and isn't guaranteed much playing time this time around even with Logan Forsythe (shoulder) still out.
Jun 5 - 11:23 AM

Rays optioned INF Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham.

Franklin had been in camp competing for a reserve infielder role with the Rays. While he had a terrific spring at the dish (.348/.423/.478 in 26 plate appearances), the Rays would rather he play everyday at Triple-A and continue to develop.
Mar 19 - 3:10 PM

Nick Franklin had two hits on Thursday to raise his spring average to .348.

The Rays were planning on sending Franklin back to Triple-A this year, but with Brad Miller struggling some defensively and Tim Beckham not really impressing, they could reconsider. The ideal scenario would probably be to bring in a cheap veteran with a strong glove to act as Miller insurance. Franklin lacks plus range at shortstop and hasn't hit at all in his recent major league stints.
Mar 17 - 4:52 PM

Nick Franklin went 2-for-4 and hit his third homer Wednesday against the Marlins.

Franklin was making his first start in a week, but he's done well when he's had the chance this month, going 6-for-20 with two homers and a double since his callup Sept. 8. It'll be interesting to see whether the Rays intend to carve out a role for him next season; Logan Forsythe would seem to own second base, but shortstop will be up for grabs if Asdrubal Cabrera doesn't return. Franklin will still have an option year left, so he might return to Triple-A once again.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 10:16:00 PM

Nick Franklin's two-run home run was the deciding factor in Tuesday's win against the Yankees.

Franklin gave the Rays a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning when he drove a Nick Rumbelow offering over the fence in right field in the sixth inning. He finished 1-for-2 on the night after entering as a defensive replacement at shortstop for Asdrubal Cabrera. Franklin is hitting .143/.205/.286 with two home runs and five RBI in 83 plate appearances.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 10:29:00 PM

Rays recalled INF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Durham.

Franklin was supposed to serve in a platoon at second base this season, but he missed some time with an oblique injury before batting just .139/.205/.250 over 78 plate appearances. He posted an .853 OPS over 57 games in Triple-A. The former top prospect will try to finish his season on a positive note.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 10:46:00 AM

Rays optioned INF Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham.

The 24-year-old former top prospect has looked completely lost at the plate this season, slashing a brutal .139/.205/.250 with one homer, three RBI and a 24/6 K/BB ratio in 72 at-bats. He'll work to get back in track in the minor leagues before hopefully resurfacing with the Rays later in the season.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 07:27:00 PM

Making his first start in five days, Nick Franklin went 0-for-3 as the Rays' first baseman on Saturday.

Franklin homered on Monday, but he hadn't played since as the Rays started working him out at first with James Loney out. He's just 3-for-36 since coming off the DL on May 16, and he wouldn't seem to have the bat to be useful at first base anyway. He might wind up back in Triple-A for a spell sometime soon.
Sun, Jun 7, 2015 01:33:00 AM

Nick Franklin has been working out at first base.

There are quite a few players on Tampa Bay's roster who can handle second base, so it makes sense to see how Franklin looks at a different position, especially with first baseman James Loney currently nursing a broken left middle finger. Franklin, 24, is batting .091/.189/.212 in 37 plate appearances since missing the first six weeks of the 2015 season with an oblique strain. He came up as a shortstop, so first base should be no big deal.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 09:34:00 AM

Nick Franklin hit his first home run of the season in a losing effort against the Angels on Monday.

Franklin had gone 2-for-29 in his first 11 games since being activated from the disabled list, so it was nice to see him have some success at the dish. He went 1-for-4 on the night.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 01:16:00 AM

Rays activated INF Nick Franklin from the 15-day disabled list.

Franklin missed the first six weeks of the regular season with an oblique strain. He was expected to open as the Rays' starting second baseman, but it's not exactly clear how the 24-year-old fits into Tampa Bay's plans now. Franklin hit .286/.400/.333 on his seven-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham. He'll have NL-only fantasy value if he plays regularly.
Sat, May 16, 2015 05:40:00 PM

Nick Franklin finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his fourth rehab game Sunday at Triple-A Durham.

Franklin is now 3-for-11 (.273) since beginning his minor league rehab assignment last Tuesday. The 24-year-old infielder figures to join the Rays' active roster by the end of the week. He has played both second base and shortstop on this minor league rehab stint.
Mon, May 11, 2015 09:23:00 AM

Nick Franklin (oblique) went 0-for-2 with two walks Wednesday in his second rehab game at Triple-A Durham.

Franklin was visited by a trainer at one point following a hard swing, but he stayed in the game. The 24-year-old is expected to draw a total of 20-30 minor league at-bats at Durham before the Rays finally activate him off the disabled list. Look for Franklin to join Tampa Bay's middle-infield mix by the end of next week.
Thu, May 7, 2015 08:55:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
1B1Steve Pearce
2Logan Morrison
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Taylor Motter
3Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Brandon Guyer
2Desmond Jennings
3Jaff Decker
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Matt Moore
5Blake Snell
6Matt Andriese
7Alex Cobb
8Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Ryan Webb
6Tyler Sturdevant
7Erasmo Ramirez
8Ryan Garton
9Danny Farquhar