As it was expected, the Seattle Mariners have decided to officially call up top infield prospect Nick Franklin today to replace second baseman Dustin Ackley, who has been incredibly slow to start of the season for the Mariners. The M’s also decided to bring up Hector Noesi to the Bigs from Triple-A Tacoma, and Noesi will replace left-hander Lucas Luetge, who was optioned to Triple-A.
Ackley is a talented young INF in his own right, but the Mariners second baseman has been awful to start the year with a .205 batting average and under ten RBIs so far this season. The Mariners were already patient enough in waiting for Ackley to heat up, but he has been colder than a New England winter this season.
Meanwhile, Franklin gives the Mariners a starter at either second or shortstop, and he has been on fire so far this season for Tacoma. Franklin has absolutely lit up the circuit thus far with a .440 OBP, and the Mariners have made the change from a cold star to a youngster who has the hot hand.
Lucas Luetge sported a 7.15 ERA for the Mariners through 11 1/3 innings, so it was time for the Mariners to send him down, but they’ll probably end up calling Luetge back up as a lefty arm later on in the season. I like the decision to call up the 26-year-old Noesi, and he had a 2.63 ERA in the Majors before being called down; both of these moves were the right ones for the Mariners.