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Nick Franklin

25-Year-Old Outfielder – Tampa Bay Rays

2016 Stats

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.270

HR

6

RBI

26

R

18

SB

6

2017 RotoWire Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Franklin posted a career-best slash line in 2016 while serving as a highly dependable utility option for the Rays. He trimmed his strikeout rate from 33.9 percent to 22 percent while upping his contac...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 190   DOB: 3/21/1991   BORN: Orlando, FL   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a rookie deal with the Mariners in August 2009. Drafted No. 27 overall in the 2009 Amateur Draft.

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Franklin is a candidate to take over the Rays' currently vacant second base job this coming spring, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

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Nick Franklin Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2009 18 R AZL 10 44 43 6 13 3 2 0 1 4 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 .302 .318 .419 .737
2009 18 A EVE 6 21 20 4 8 3 2 1 0 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 .400 .429 .600 1.029
2010 19 A CLI 129 574 513 89 144 52 22 7 23 65 25 10 50 123 2 2 7 .281 .351 .485 .836
2010 19 AA WES 1 4 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
2011 20 R PEO 3 12 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 .091 .091 .091 .182
2011 20 A+ HIG 64 297 258 50 71 20 10 5 5 20 13 1 31 56 5 1 2 .275 .356 .411 .767
2011 20 AA JAC 21 92 83 13 27 7 3 2 2 6 5 3 6 18 3 0 0 .325 .371 .482 .853
2012 21 AA JAC 57 239 205 25 66 25 17 4 4 26 9 2 24 38 8 1 1 .322 .394 .502 .896
2012 21 AAA TAC 64 296 267 39 65 27 15 5 7 29 3 2 24 68 2 1 2 .243 .310 .416 .726
2013 22 AAA TAC 39 177 142 28 46 13 9 0 4 20 7 0 30 20 2 2 1 .324 .440 .472 .912
2013 22 MAJ SEA 102 412 369 38 83 33 20 1 12 45 6 1 42 113 0 1 0 .225 .303 .382 .685
2014 23 AAA TAC 75 333 279 45 82 26 16 1 9 47 9 5 47 60 1 5 1 .294 .392 .455 .847
2014 23 AAA DUR 27 113 100 8 21 4 2 0 2 9 2 0 10 34 2 0 1 .210 .288 .290 .578
2014 23 MAJ SEA 17 52 47 3 6 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 3 21 0 1 1 .128 .192 .170 .362
2014 23 MAJ TB 11 38 34 4 7 3 2 0 1 4 1 0 3 11 0 1 0 .206 .263 .353 .616
2014  (Multiple Teams) 23 MAJ SEA/TB 28 90 81 7 13 4 2 1 1 6 2 0 6 32 0 2 1 .160 .222 .247 .469
2015 24 AAA DUR 57 221 192 26 51 22 10 1 11 30 4 3 27 48 0 2 0 .266 .353 .500 .853
2015 24 MAJ TB 44 109 101 11 16 8 4 1 3 7 1 0 7 37 1 0 0 .158 .213 .307 .520
2016 25 A+ CHA 1 4 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .750 .750 .750 1.500
2016 25 AAA DUR 64 270 240 26 61 22 16 1 5 28 10 1 26 56 0 4 0 .254 .322 .392 .714
2016 25 MAJ TB 60 191 174 18 47 17 10 1 6 26 6 1 12 42 2 0 3 .270 .328 .443 .771
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3-Year Averages     44 128 118 12 25 9 5 1 3 13 3 0 8 37 1 0 1 .212 .268 .347 .615
Career  (View All)     234 802 725 74 159 62 36 4 22 84 15 2 67 224 3 3 4 .219 .288 .371 .659

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Nick Franklin Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Games To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Oct. 2 @Tex Did not play.
Oct. 1 @Tex 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .270 .328 .443 .771
Sep. 30 @Tex 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .333 .450 .783
Sep. 29 @CWS Did not play.
Sep. 28 @CWS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .335 .455 .790
Sep. 27 @CWS Did not play.
Sep. 26 @CWS Did not play.
Sep. 25 Bos 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .341 .463 .804
Sep. 24 Bos 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282 .343 .466 .809
Sep. 23 Bos 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277 .339 .459 .798
Sep. 22 NYY Did not play.
Sep. 21 NYY 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .341 .462 .803
Sep. 20 NYY Did not play.
Sep. 18 @Bal Did not play.
Sep. 17 @Bal Did not play.
Sep. 16 @Bal Did not play.
Sep. 15 @Bal 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .343 .465 .808
Sep. 14 @Tor 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .349 .474 .823
Sep. 13 @Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282 .348 .477 .825
Sep. 12 @Tor 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .288 .350 .486 .836
Sep. 11 @NYY 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .296 .359 .500 .859
Sep. 10 @NYY 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .283 .349 .493 .842
Sep. 9 @NYY 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .342 .485 .827
Sep. 8 @NYY 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .281 .345 .489 .834
Sep. 7 Bal 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .290 .354 .504 .858
Sep. 6 Bal 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 .281 .343 .477 .820
Sep. 5 Bal 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .290 .353 .492 .845
Sep. 4 Tor 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .364 .508 .872
Sep. 3 Tor 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .303 .366 .513 .879
Sep. 2 Tor 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .304 .370 .522 .892
Last 7 Games 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100 .200
Last 14 Games 17 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 .176 .176 .235 .411
Last 30 Games 63 4 13 3 0 1 2 2 16 0 0 1 0 3 .206 .242 .302 .544

Nick Franklin: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2016 9 8 5 25 18 7 6
2015 10 17 11 3
2014 12 1 10 2 2 2
2013 96 3 2

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Nick Franklin: Minor League Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 24 17

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Nick Franklin Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016372050.216.297.554
2015293000.207.310.592
2014151010.133.133.369

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016137166216.285.482.828
2015728371.139.306.490
2014666152.167.273.492

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201695104202.284.484.837
2015667251.152.303.514
2014413141.220.341.614

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016798264.253.392.690
2015354120.171.314.531
2014404021.100.150.324
Nick Franklin Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2009 18 R AZL 44 43 2.3% 13.6% 0.17 86% .333 .117
2009 18 A EVE 21 20 4.8% 9.5% 0.50 90% .444 .200
2010 19 A CLI 574 513 8.7% 21.4% 0.41 76% .330 .204
2010 19 AA WES 4 3 25% 25% 1.00 67% 1.000 .000
2011 20 R PEO 12 11 0% 50% 0.00 45% .200 .000
2011 20 A+ HIG 297 258 10.4% 18.9% 0.55 78% .335 .136
2011 20 AA JAC 92 83 6.5% 19.6% 0.33 78% .397 .157
2012 21 AA JAC 239 205 10% 15.9% 0.63 81% .380 .180
2012 21 AAA TAC 296 267 8.1% 23% 0.35 75% .302 .173
2013 22 AAA TAC 177 142 16.9% 11.3% 1.50 86% .356 .148
2013 22 MAJ SEA 412 369 10.2% 27.4% 0.37 69% .291 .157
2014 23 AAA TAC 333 279 14.1% 18% 0.78 78% .348 .161
2014 23 AAA DUR 113 100 8.8% 30.1% 0.29 66% .297 .080
2014 23 MAJ SEA 52 47 5.8% 40.4% 0.14 55% .231 .042
2014 23 MAJ TB 38 34 7.9% 28.9% 0.27 68% .273 .147
2014  (Multiple Teams) 23 MAJ SEA/TB 90 81 6.7% 35.6% 0.19 60% .250 .087
2015 24 AAA DUR 221 192 12.2% 21.7% 0.56 75% .301 .234
2015 24 MAJ TB 109 101 6.4% 33.9% 0.19 63% .213 .149
2016 25 A+ CHA 4 4 0% 0% 0.00 100% .750 .000
2016 25 AAA DUR 270 240 9.6% 20.7% 0.46 77% .313 .138
2016 25 MAJ TB 191 174 6.3% 22% 0.29 76% .325 .173
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3-Year Averages     128 118 6.3% 28.9% 0.22 69% .282 .135
Career     802 725 8.4% 27.9% 0.30 69% .286 .152

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Nick Franklin Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2015 1B 55 0 4 0 0 0 32 -1 10 -1 0 -1 1
2015 2B 120 -2 20 -1 -1 0 83 -1 37 0 1 -1 -1
2015 SS 59 -2 9 -2 0 0 52 -2 8 0 0 -1 -1
2016 1B 63 -1 4 -1 0 -1 45 0 23 0 -1 0 0
2016 2B 57 0 8 0 0 0 28 0 12 -1 1 0 0
2016 SS 35.7 -1 4 -1 0 0 18 0 6 -1 0 0 -1
2016 LF 132 -6 38 -3 -6 73 -3 39 -2
2016 RF 49 0 10 0 0 33 0 20 -1
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 2B 0 0 0 -2 0 -2
2015 SS 0 0 0 -2 0 -2
2016 1B 0 0 0 -1 0 -1
2016 2B 0 0 -1 0 0 -1
2016 SS 0 0 0 -1 0 -1
2016 LF 1 -1 -3 0 0 -1 0 -3 0 -4
2016 RF 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2016 Stat Review for Nick Franklin    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.29 BB/K
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6.3% BB Rate
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22.0% K Rate
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OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.771 OPS
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.328 OBP
AVERAGE
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.270 AVG
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.325 BABIP
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Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.443 SLG
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.173 ISO
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2017 Projected Stats Breakdown for Nick Franklin

Overall Ratings

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Nick Franklin: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Franklin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.

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Franklin (hamstring) is starting at DH and hitting sixth Wednesday against the White Sox, MLB.com's Bill Chastain reports.

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Franklin (hamstring) hopes to return before Sunday's game against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Franklin (hamstring) will serve as the designated hitter and bat sixth Saturday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Franklin (hamstring) hopes to return for the final weekend of the season, Roger Mooney of the Tamp Bay Times reports.

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Franklin (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, Steve Carney of 620 WDAE reports.

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Franklin (hamstring) is scheduled for an MRI on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Franklin (hamstring) said Friday that he hopes to return this season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2016

The Rays acquired Nick Franklin in 2014 as part of the David Price deal when they preferred Brad Miller. Now they have both, at the detriment of Franklin’s playing time. Franklin has spent most of the past few seasons in Triple-A and has a .270/.360/.439 slash line in 1,140 plate appearances. That success has not translated into success at the big league level, as he has hit .203/.275/.348 in over 600 plate appearances. Franklin is a switch hitter but all of his power comes from the left side. He can earn a walk, but there’s a lot of swing and miss in his game as he has a long swing. Pitchers challenge him with a lot of heat early to get him to expand his zone late. He is likely going to serve as Kevin Cash’s swiss army knife in 2016, as he can play multiple positions, but he hasn’t shown enough bat or glove yet to man any one position full time.

2015

For his career, Franklin is just over 500 plate appearances at the big league level. While that is not enough to make a definitive decision on his future, his overall .213/.289/.358 slash line does not inspire much. The switch hitter has a bit of a long swing, but the inconsistent playing time he got in Seattle before being traded to Tampa Bay could not have helped. He can work counts to draw walks, but he has been prone to striking out and even the everyday playing time the Rays gave him in Triple-A did not help much. Franklin has double-digit home run and stolen base potential should he be a starter, but he also looks a lot like Danny Espinosa in terms of profile and risk. His 2015 outlook is cloudy because the roster still has all of the same pieces that did not permit him to join the team until rosters expanded in September. It is not impossible for him to go back to Triple-A to start the season so he plays every day.

2014

Franklin appears to be a man without a position after the Mariners signed second baseman Robinson Cano in December. The 27th overall pick of the 2009 draft, Franklin arrived in Seattle last year to take over second base from the sputtering Dustin Ackley. Franklin impressed early after his late-May callup, hitting 10 home runs and 13 doubles in his first 199 at-bats with an .830 OPS. He slumped terribly over the final two months, however, hitting two homers and seven doubles in his final 170 at-bats with a .517 OPS. Franklin struggled with offspeed pitches, posting a 27.4% strikeout rate. Even with the late-season fade, Franklin has upside, and he can still be an everyday player in the big leagues. Where that will ultimately be is uncertain, as the Mariners could trade him with Cano on board.

2013

After posting a strong .896 OPS in 57 games at Double-A Jackson to begin the season, the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League provided a new challenge for Franklin that likely will lead the Mariners to return him to Triple-A Tacoma for the start of the 2013 season. Perhaps the most pressing issue for Franklin is that his contact rate dipped to 75 percent at Triple-A, six percent lower than his first-half results at Jackson. He improved into August and September, however, and then posted a .941 OPS in the Arizona Fall League. Just where he eventually fits with the Mariners remains to be seen. The knock on the "shortstop of the future" is his range, which is perhaps why the organization had him play more games at second base than short at Triple-A and in the AFL. In November, the Mariners traded for Robert Andino to provide backup infield duty, likely quashing any shot Franklin had at the Opening Day roster.

2012

Franklin's 2011 was derailed by a couple of fluke injuries. First he suffered a concussion when a teammate's backswing smacked him in batting practice. Then he had a nasty bout of food poisoning that caused him to drop 10 pounds. Franklin played in the Arizona Fall League to make for the at-bats he missed. After a huge 2010 at Low-A Clinton, Franklin didn't show as much power at either High-A High Desert or Double-A Jackson last season. He's still wearing the “shortstop of the future” label, but the position is much more crowded than it was a year ago for the Mariners and he has more to prove. If Franklin impresses this season, which likely will start at Double-A, a September callup could happen.

2011

The 27th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Franklin looks to be Seattle's shortstop of the future. The switch-hitter drafted out of high school showed good speed (26 steals) and good defense last season at Low-A Clinton, but more impressive is that his power translated to pro ball as he hit a franchise-record 23 homers and 22 doubles. He could start the season at Double-A this year, but he needs to improve his plate discipline after posting a 50:123 BB:K in 513 at-bats last year. He's still a couple years away from Seattle, but Franklin is only 20 years old.

2010

A switch-hitting shortstop, Franklin was the Mariners' second first-round pick in the 2009 draft (27th overall). He has good speed and defensive skills and is expected to hit for average, though his power development remains a question. He was drafted out of high school, so he may take a little while to develop, but the Mariners thought enough of him to pay him about $120,000 over slot.