The Seattle Mariners have made a several roster moves today that involved infielder Nick Franklin. With Robinson Cano representing the same franchise, Franklin’s only shot at picking up a starting role with this team, was by moving to shortstop.
He entered the Spring having to go up against Brad Miller to the rights to become the teams primary shortstop. Miller appeared to be a better defender than Franklin, but he never really had much of a chance to beat out Miller anyways. Franklin will be called up at some point this season, but for right now he’ll end up starting at shortstop for Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate.
Joining him in Tacoma is left-hander Lucas Luetge and Blake Beavan. Luetge appeared in eight games for the Mariners this Spring and finished with a 2-0 record, 3.86 ERA. His last outing was against the Oakland Athletics on March 23rd where he pitched a scoreless inning but was later pulled.
Right-handed starting pitcher Blake Beavan picked up five starts for the Mariners during Cactus League play. He finished with an even 2-2 record, 6.46 ERA with a whopping 17 earned runs under his belt. He managed to strike out 14 batters, but was unable to beat out Erasmo Ramirez.
Ramirez will be Seattle’s number two starter.