The Seattle Mariners have a well-publicized logjam in the middle infield after the signing of Robinson Cano and the rapid development of Brad Miller, but instead of moving highly-touted prospect Nick Franklin via trade, the team has decided to try playing him in the outfield. That experiment begins, in earnest, on Wednesday afternoon.
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The 23-year-old Franklin was recalled from the minors just a week ago, but after posting an OPS north of 1.200 in triple-A, the Mariners thought fit to get him into the lineup just about any way they could. In 15 plate appearances this season, Franklin is hitting just .077/.200/.231, but with a big-time pedigree and a defined skill set, it isn’t too much of a stretch to suggest that he could succeed in the outfield.
Logan Morrison going down was what basically opened the door for Franklin, but with Morrison’s inability to stay healthy and hitting, there is a big time opportunity in the outfield, and if he can hit, he’ll likely stay in the lineup. However, if he flames out defensively or can’t hit to keep himself afloat, he’ll be back on the trading block in a hurry.