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Mariners recalling hot-hitting Nick Franklin from Triple-A

May 19, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Nick Franklin AP

Nick Franklin’s last call-up to the Mariners was very brief, but he’s been crushing Triple-A pitching all season after losing his starting second base job to Robinson Cano and now he’s headed back to Seattle again.

Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners are expected to recall Franklin from Tacoma on Tuesday, promoting him in the wake of Corey Hart‘s hamstring injury Sunday.

Franklin leads the Pacific Coast League with a .376 batting average and also has seven homers plus as many walks (23) as strikeouts (23) in 30 games for a nifty 1.114 OPS. He hit .225 with 12 homers and a .686 OPS in 102 games for the Mariners last season as a 22-year-old rookie and would have been an everyday player again this season if not for Cano’s arrival on a $240 million contract.

He’ll play mostly outfield for the Mariners now, although it’s possible he could see some action at shortstop with Brad Miller slumping horribly. Miller and Franklin competed for the shortstop gig during spring training and Miller won the battle with his hot hitting and superior defense, only to hit .154 when the games mattered.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Welcome, trade bait!

  2. carpi2 - May 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    The Mariners’ previous 12-hour call-up of Franklin was odd. I am curios what their long-term plans are with the kid

    • bluemoonking - May 19, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      What do you do with a future all-star? If you are the Mariners, you trade him for a bag of balls…

      • carpi2 - May 19, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Ha! The Mariners will, no doubt, screw the pooch on the whole situation. However, trying to think about the situation rationally, Franklin may give the Mariners the offensive spark they are looking for. With the exception of Cano, their offense doesn’t have many players who they can count on to produce runs.

      • tuberippin - May 20, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        They’ll probably continue to play Brad Miller out there even though his hitting is somehow worse than Brendan Ryan’s hitting was the past few years for Seattle at shortstop…

  3. proudlycanadian - May 19, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Can he play third base? If so, Boston might be interested.

    • misterfadedglory - May 19, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Nah, he’s never played third at any level and has scant experience in the outfield, even.

  4. softwarengineer - May 19, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Yeah, I’d Add Another Move

    Send Miller back to AAA and replace him with Franklin. Miller’s had enough chances and his hitting slump appears permanent.

  5. bmadormo - May 19, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    This poor guy is gonna get bounced back/forth all year

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