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So much for that: Mariners demote Nick Franklin back to Triple-A

Apr 24, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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It looked like the Mariners might give Nick Franklin an extended opportunity to earn playing time in their outfield following Logan Morrison‘s hamstring injury, but one day after Franklin started in the outfield for the first time in his professional career he’s headed back to Triple-A.

Franklin went 2-for-13 in a six-game call-up to Seattle after hitting .395 in 11 games at Triple-A, and instead of letting him take a crack at a regular outfield gig the Mariners will have him continue to showcase himself for a potential trade as a middle infielder in the minors.

There was one play Wednesday in which Franklin clearly looked like a newbie in the outfield and perhaps that was a factor in the quick demotion, because Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners will replace him on the roster with journeyman outfielder Cole Gillespie.

Franklin played 102 games for the Mariners last season as a 22-year-old rookie and before that consistently ranked as a top-100 prospect, but lost his starting job at second base when Seattle signed Robinson Cano.

  1. yahmule - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I wish Brad Miller would just relax. He wins the job, has a brilliant spring and then panics immediately once the season begins. 12% walk rate in the minors, two walks in 86 PA this season.

    • jeffbbf - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      If only the mariners had spent the Cano money on 2 decent outfielders and left Franklin at 2B.

      • illbarry - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Just who was out there that was a decent outfield?

  2. 12thmanseattle - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I can’t figure out what is going on with him. He’s a good ballplayer but something mental seems to be happening. He looks lost at the plate and his defense is AAA level(at best). He really is our best prospect not on the pitching side, but he’s starting to worry me

  3. denny65 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Nick is just not ready to be a MLB outfielder.

    Of course one could make the case that the entire Mariner team is not ready for MLB prime time, so there’s that.

    • classicfinder - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      and King Felix would be starting in AAA for your team? Generalizations stink. Even when you are trying to be a comedian.

  4. jdillydawg - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    I swear, Mariners management is sitting in the clubhouse picking straws, wondering who to promote or demote, and then will hold a press conference to bad mouth the poor play of the players. We’re barely 20 games in and I already hate McClendon. There is no reason this team should be this bad other than the leadership.

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