22-Year-Old Shortstop – Seattle Mariners
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
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 t...
Nick Franklin Contract Information:
Signed a rookie deal with the Mariners in August 2009. Drafted No. 27 overall in the 2009 Amateur Draft.
Franklin went 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored against Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
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Seattle Mariners Roster
MajorsAckley, Dustin (2B)
AAABeavan, Blake (P)
AAAlmonte, Abraham (OF)
A+Choi, Ji-Man (C)
AAustin, Jamal (OF)
RookieBurgess, Jarrett (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.
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.
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.