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Nick Franklin | Outfielder | #2

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (27) / SEA
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Recently claimed INF/OF Nick Franklin will join the Brewers on Friday.
The Brew Crew claimed Franklin off waivers from the Rays earlier on Wednesday. Once viewed as a top prospect, the 26-year-old has yet to find his niche in the majors. He did perform respectably in 174 at-bats with the Rays this past season, though, slashing .270/.328/.443 with six homers, 26 RBI and six steals. While there is not much fantasy upside, here, Franklin could prove to be a usable bench piece for the Brewers. Apr 5 - 4:15 PM

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Brewers claimed INF/OF Nick Franklin off waivers from the Rays.

Franklin was surprisingly DFA'd at the conclusion of spring training. The 26-year-old has had an underwhelming career to this point but has value as a jack-of-all-trades who can play all over the diamond. Last year he made starts at first base, second base, shortstop and both corner outfield positions. The Brewers created a roster spot for Franklin by designating right-hander Michael Blazek for assignment.
Apr 5 - 2:22 PM

Rays designated INF/OF Nick Franklin for assignment.

This move comes as a huge surprise as the former top prospect slashed .362/.434/.532 with a pair of homers, eight RBI and four stolen bases in Grapefruit League play. There should be plenty of other teams willing to take a chance on him so it would be shocking if he isn't claimed off waivers.
Apr 1 - 11:36 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jett Bandy
2Manny Pina
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Nick Franklin
3Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
3B1Travis Shaw
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
CF1Keon Broxton
RF1Domingo Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Junior Guerra
2Zach Davies
3Chase Anderson
4Jimmy Nelson
5Matt Garza
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Corey Knebel
2Neftali Feliz
3Jacob Barnes
4Oliver Drake
5Carlos Torres
6Jared Hughes
7Rob Scahill
8Wily Peralta