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Nick Franklin | First 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 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. Jun 25 - 7:27 PM

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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.
Jun 7 - 1:33 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.
Jun 4 - 9:34 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.
Jun 2 - 1:16 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.
May 16 - 5:40 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.
May 11 - 9:23 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.
May 7 - 8:55 AM

Nick Franklin (oblique) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Durham.

Franklin had been aiming to join the Rays' roster by mid-April, but the left oblique strain he suffered at the end of spring training turned out to be rather serious. He should be starting games at second base for Tampa Bay by next week and the talented 24-year-old carries some fringe fantasy potential in deeper mixed leagues.
May 4 - 9:06 AM

Nick Franklin (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

The Rays haven't decided which affiliate he'll be assigned to yet, and it's also unclear how many rehab games Franklin is expected to require. The infielder figures to be tracking towards a mid-May return and is expected to take over at second base even though Logan Forsythe and Tim Beckham have been pretty productive.
May 3 - 8:48 AM

Nick Franklin (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Monday.

Franklin appears to have finally turned a corner with his strained left oblique. It's not clear how many rehab games he'll require, but he would seem to be at least a couple weeks away from being activated.
May 1 - 3:49 PM

Nick Franklin (oblique) expects to begin a minor league rehab assignment at some point this week.

Franklin seemed to be trending toward minor league games early last week, but the Rays slowed his rehab as a precautionary measure. The 24-year-old was poised to open the 2015 season as Tampa Bay's starting second baseman before suffering an oblique strain at the end of spring training. He should be ready to rock in early May and may carry some value in deep fantasy leagues.
Apr 27 - 10:39 AM

Nick Franklin (oblique) won't be ready to begin playing in minor league games this week.

Franklin hasn't suffered a significant physical setback, but the Rays have decided to slow his rehab schedule a bit. He still has a shot of joining Tampa Bay's active roster by the end of the month. The 24-year-old was supposed to open the 2015 regular season as the Rays' starting second baseman.
Apr 16 - 9:19 AM

Nick Franklin (oblique) is expected to play in extended spring training games soon.

It's not clear how many extended spring games he'll need before beginning a rehab assignment. Franklin should have a shot to be activated from the disabled list before the end of the month.
Apr 10 - 5:30 PM

Nick Franklin (oblique) took batting practice left-handed Tuesday without issue.

The switch-hitting middle infielder was placed on the disabled list before Opening day with a left oblique strain. Franklin is aiming to join the Rays' active roster around mid-April and he should be immediately installed as their starting second baseman. The 24-year-old carries some deep-league potential.
Apr 7 - 4:06 PM

Rays placed INF Nick Franklin on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Franklin was expected to open the 2015 season as the Rays' starting second baseman, but he strained his oblique on March 23 and will miss the first couple weeks. Logan Forsythe figures to benefit most in the early going, but he's not really a fantasy-relevant kind of player. Franklin should have some deep-league potential when he returns in mid-April.
Apr 5 - 3:41 PM

Depth Charts

C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3J.P. Arencibia
1B1James Loney
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Daniel Nava
3Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Grady Sizemore
DH1John Jaso
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Nate Karns
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Alex Cobb
7Burch Smith
8Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Alex Colome
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Matt Andriese
9Enny Romero