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Nick Franklin | Second Baseman

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Rays manager Kevin Cash confirmed Tuesday that Nick Franklin (oblique) will not be ready for Opening Day.
Franklin suffered the injury during Monday's Grapefruit League game. Logan Forsythe is now likely to begin the season as the starting second baseman while Alexi Casilla, Tim Beckham, and Jake Elmore could also be in the mix for at-bats. Mar 24 - 3:23 PM

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Nick Franklin has been diagnosed with a left oblique strain.

Oblique strains usually take at least two weeks to heal and Opening Day is exactly two weeks away, so Franklin figures to begin the year on the disabled list. He'll be the Rays starting second baseman when he returns to good health and should have some NL-only fantasy value. Asdrubal Cabrera has been named the starting shortstop.
Mar 23 - 3:19 PM

Nick Franklin tweaked a muscle in his left side Monday.

That's all the Rays are saying for now; more details should come out after Monday's Grapefruit League game. If it's an oblique strain, Franklin would likely have to open the regular season with a 15-day disabled list stint. He's been trying to lock down Tampa Bay's starting second base gig.
Mar 23 - 12:43 PM

Nick Franklin made an error at shortstop for the second straight day on Wednesday, bringing his spring total to four.

Asdrubal Cabrera lacks range at shortstop, but he's pretty surehanded, something Franklin hasn't proven to be so far this spring. The Rays would have preferred Franklin come in and ran away with the starting job at short, allowing Cabrera to play second, but it's not happening.
Mar 18 - 4:50 PM

Starting at shortstop, Nick Franklin went 2-for-3 with two runs scored Sunday versus the Mets.

Franklin is 6-for-13 over his last four games after opening the spring 1-for-10. He hasn't impressed defensively at shortstop, but he's still probably a better option there than Asdrubal Cabrera. The Rays are probably going to make a decision on Cabrera's position in the coming days. If it's second, that's great news for Franklin. If it's short, then Franklin will face more competition for playing time as a second baseman.
Mar 15 - 5:35 PM

Nick Franklin went 0-for-2 and committed two errors at shortstop for the Rays on Tuesday.

Most have assumed Franklin will start at either second or shortstop for Tampa Bay, but it's not a given. He didn't hit at all in Triple-A after being acquired from the Mariners last summer, and it's not like he's ever been a defense-first player. Ideally, Franklin will win the job, but if he doesn't, the Rays could go with Logan Forsythe at second.
Mar 10 - 4:20 PM

Nick Franklin (hip) is batting leadoff in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.

Franklin sat out Sunday after leaving Saturday's game with a hip strain. It was obviously mild.
Mar 9 - 9:19 AM

Nick Franklin (hip) is expected to return to the Rays lineup on Monday.

He was removed from Saturday's contest due to a mild hip strain, but has reported significant improvement and made it through Sunday's workout without any issue. He's scheduled to hit leadoff and play shortstop on Monday against the Yankees.
Mar 8 - 9:50 PM

Nick Franklin was forced to leave Saturday's Grapefruit League contest with a mild hip strain.

He's expected to be fine in a day or two. Franklin has his sights set on earning the team's starting shortstop job this spring. He possesses tremendous upside and potential and will be a popular commodity on draft day if he's successful.
Mar 7 - 3:05 PM

Nick Franklin believes he will become the Rays' starting shortstop, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes.

The Rays can go one of several ways with their middle infield. One would involve using Asdrubal Cabrera at second base and Franklin at short, and another could reverse the positions. The Rays could also give some of Franklin's playing time to Tim Beckham (at shortstop) and/or Logan Forsythe (at second base). Franklin joined the club at the trade deadline last season in the three-way David Price trade. He has a career .647 OPS with 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 412 plate appearances. Those in deep mixed leagues and AL-only leagues will want to monitor how this situation plays out over the course of the spring.
Mar 3 - 8:38 AM

Nick Franklin had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Indians, going hitless in four at-bats.

He wasn't alone in his struggles, as most of the Rays hitters had a difficult time getting anything going against Corey Kluber. Franklin drew the start at shortstop in this one, and may be used in a super-utility role for the Rays in 2015.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:45:00 PM

Nick Franklin, making his Rays debut, went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Tuesday's win against the Yankees.

The Rays acquired Franklin from the Mariners at the trade deadline in the three-way trade that sent David Price to Detroit. He debuted in style, doubling and scoring in the sixth to break a 1-1, then singling in a run in the seventh as part of a four-run frame. Franklin posted a meager .363 OPS in 52 plate appearances with the Mariners this season, but the Rays are banking on bigger and better things in 2015.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 11:11:00 PM

Rays recalled INF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Durham.

Franklin is starting at second base and batting fifth in his Rays debut on Tuesday night against the Yankees. The 23-year-old hit .272/.366/.412 with 11 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 102 games this season between Triple-A Tacoma and Triple-A Durham. He was acquired from the Mariners in the David Price tride and is probably Tampa Bay's second baseman of the future.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 04:26:00 PM

Bob Sutton of the Burlington Times-News reports that the Rays will recall Nick Franklin.

Triple-A Durham finished their International League playoff run Saturday, so Franklin will now get a chance with the big club. The Rays will finish a series in Toronto on Sunday, so Franklin seems likely to join the club on Monday in Tampa. Acquired from the Mariners in the three-team deal in July, Franklin has hit .272/.366/.412 with 11 homers and 11 steals at the Triple-A level this season and should see pretty regular playing time down the stretch. He's worth owning in deeper leagues.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 09:33:00 AM

Rays acquired SS Nick Franklin in a three-team trade that sent LHP David Price to the Tigers.

Tampa Bay immediately optioned Franklin to Triple-A. It seems as though Tampa Bay is viewing Franklin as Ben Zobrist 2.0, so it's a little disappointing they couldn't move Ben Zobrist 1.0 today to open a spot in the lineup. The talented 23-year-old raced through the minor leagues -- his time at Low-A Clinton was even chronicled in the 2013 book Class A -- but fell out of favor in Seattle by slashing a rough .214/.291/.358 over 119 games the past two seasons. The former top prospect has destroyed, and continues to destroy, minor league pitching, so this is an interesting gamble by Andrew Friedman.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 06:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Alexi Casilla
4Ryan Brett
5Eugenio Velez
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
2Juan Francisco
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Corey Brown
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Joey Butler
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Grant Balfour
4Ernesto Frieri
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Kirby Yates
8Ronald Belisario
9Steve Geltz
10Brandon Gomes
11Everett Teaford
12Burch Smith
13C.J. Riefenhauser
14Jim Miller