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Nick Franklin | Shortstop

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/2/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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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. Jul 31 - 6:07 PM

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According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's have made Nick Franklin a "top target."

Franklin has spent a large majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Tacoma with Robinson Cano manning second base and Brad Miller at shortstop for Seattle. The talented 23-year-old could step in as the starting second baseman in Oakland, but Slusser notes that the in-contention M's might not want to strengthen a division rival. Franklin is hitting .300/.394/.481 this year at Triple-A.
Jul 21 - 12:42 PM

Mariners optioned INF Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma.

Franklin had been called up in the wake of Corey Hart's hamstring injury, but the hot bat he'd swung in the minors froze against major league pitching. The 23-year-old was hitting .128/.192/.170 as of Tuesday. Erasmo Ramirez will take his place on the roster.
Jun 3 - 1:54 PM

Making his fifth start of the year at shortstop, Nick Franklin struck out all three times he was up Saturday against the Tigers.

Franklin is 0-for-14 with nine strikeouts in his last four games and 2-for-28 in his last eight games. For the season, he's 6-for-47 with one extra-base hit and a 21/3 K/BB ratio. The shortstop job is there for the taking with Brad Miller still struggling, but Franklin has done absolutely nothing to capitalize.
Jun 1 - 1:36 AM

Nick Franklin had two hits, a run scored and a stolen base in his return to the Mariners' lineup on Tuesday.

Franklin also drove in a run in the game, a game he started at DH just hours after being recalled from Triple-A. Franklin should get a fair amount of at-bats in place of Corey Hart, and he's certainly got the stick to be a worthwhile addition to the Mariners' lineup. If he can continue to hit this go-round, he may not be the one going back to the minors upon Hart's return.
May 21 - 12:18 AM

Mariners recalled INF/OF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma.

As expected, he'll take Corey Hart's spot on the active roster. Given Brad Miller's struggles, Franklin could have a chance to take away at-bats at shortstop. It's also worth noting that he has been playing the outfield in Triple-A. Either way, he makes for a worthwhile addition in deeper mixed leagues.
May 20 - 2:13 PM

Nick Franklin could be called up Tuesday by the Mariners.

That's assuming his back is OK, as he tweaked it recently at Triple-A Tacoma. Franklin was just 2-for-13 at the plate earlier this season for Seattle. It's possible he could supplant the struggling Brad Miller at shortstop. Franklin has also been playing the outfield at Triple-A.
May 18 - 12:55 PM

Mariners optioned INF Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma.

Franklin's stay in Seattle lasted only a week, as he's headed to Las Vegas to meet the Triple-A team on their road trip. In his stay, Franklin was just 2-for-13 with a triple. The move is a little surprising, as the team's starting shortstop, Brad Miller, hasn't been playing terribly well of late either. No corresponding move was announced.
Apr 23 - 10:39 PM

Nick Franklin is starting in right field for the Mariners on Wednesday.

Franklin played some in the outfield in spring training and played two innings there in Tuesday's game, but this is his first ever start in the outfield as a professional. It's the 23-year-old's fourth start in seven games since being promoted. Franklin has just one hit in his first 13 at-bats, but he certainly has the potential to hit his way into the lineup more often if he can prove to be adequate in the outfield.
Apr 23 - 12:30 PM

Mariners recalled INF Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma.

Franklin earned the promotion after batting .395/.469/.744 with four homers and 13 RBI over his first 11 Triple-A contests this season. While he has yet to play the outfield in any professional game, Franklin played there some in spring training and the rumor is that he could see some time there while up with the big club. He'd probably have to be used some in the outfield to have much fantasy value, as there's really no room for him to play anywhere else.
Apr 16 - 3:47 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners will call up Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma.

Heyman also notes that Franklin could see some playing time in the outfield. The youngster earned the promotion after a .395/.469/.744 start with four homers and 13 RBI over his first 11 Triple-A contests this season. It's possible Logan Morrison (hamstring) could be headed to the DL.
Apr 16 - 10:55 AM

Mariners optioned INF Nick Franklin, LHP Lucas Luetge and RHP Blake Beavan to Triple-A Tacoma.

The M's didn't officially announce anything until now, but Franklin never really had much of a chance to beat out Brad Miller for the starting shortstop job. He'll play mostly shortstop at Triple-A, but his best chance at playing time in the majors would probably come if he gets traded.
Mar 28 - 4:56 PM

Nick Franklin played right field in Tuesday's Cactus League game versus the Royals.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has refused to admit that Brad Miller has won the shortstop job, but him trying Franklin out at a new position certainly offers a tell. It could also mean that he might consider carrying Franklin as a utility player at the big league level rather than sending him to Triple-A to start.
Mar 25 - 11:29 PM

Ollie Connolly of Outside Pitch MLB reports that the Tigers are going to make a "serious run" at acquiring Nick Franklin from the Mariners.

Most of the speculation for the Tigers revolves around signing Stephen Drew, but Franklin is another option on the market that could be a nice fit to fill in for the injured Jose Iglesias. The Tigers farm system is nothing special though, so it's difficult to envision them having the necessary pieces to make the deal work.
Mar 16 - 5:35 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets haven't had any significant talks with the Mariners regarding Nick Franklin since the winter meetings.

While the 23-year-old shortstop seems like a perfect fit and obvious upgrade for the Mets, they somehow appear content with Ruben Tejada manning the position to begin the season.
Mar 15 - 11:45 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
3Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
SS1Yunel Escobar
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
3Jerry Sands
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Jeremy Hellickson
5Drew Smyly
6Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Grant Balfour
3Joel Peralta
4Brad Boxberger
5Cesar Ramos
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau