For the Seattle Mariners, finding production from their middle infielders this season has been problematic. So much so that the Mariners have decided to call-up one of their top prospects in Nick Franklin, who will now achieve super-two status thanks to his “early” arrival.
The 22-year-old talent slipped a bit this year in Baseball Americas prospect rankings, going from #53 overall to #79, but MLB.com’s ranking was a bit more kind, ranking him as the #47 prospect in all of baseball.
Currently raking at AAA-Tacoma with a .324/.440/.472 triple slash, Franklin should provide the Mariners with the offensive numbers they desire.
As to where he’ll play on the infield? It’s being suggested that he’ll split time between both second base and shortstop, eating into the playing time of both Brendan Ryan and Dustin Ackley – especially Ryan who is amazingly still on a Major League roster after hitting .194 last season and .211 this season.
Franklin should find himself in the lineup daily, which could give a bit of excitement to the Mariners sub-par (so far) season.
Update: The Mariners have sent down Ackley in somewhat of a shocking move.