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Mariners demote Nick Franklin back to Triple-A again

Jun 3, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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So much for that.

Nick Franklin lost his spot as the Mariners’ starting second baseman when the team signed Robinson Cano for $240 million, but worked his way back into their plans as an outfielder/infielder by hitting .376 in 20 games at Triple-A.

That earned him a call-up to Seattle, but now after hitting an abysmal .128 with a 21/3 K/BB ratio in 17 games Franklin has been demoted back to the minors.

Franklin is still just 23 years old and still projects as a good all-around regular, but the Mariners are never going to give him another chance at second base with Cano around and don’t seem to believe he can handle shortstop on a regular basis. That means he either needs to be traded somewhere else or needs to prove that he can hit enough to be an asset as a corner outfielder, the latter of which looks iffy with a .214 batting average and .649 OPS through 119 games as a big leaguer.

  1. denny65 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Franklin is a puzzle. I saw him play twice this spring as a Rainier atTacoma. He was on, disciplined at the plate, sharp in the field.

    With the Ms, at the plate, Nick appears lost, his head moving from side-to-side like he finds it difficult to concentrate on the pitcher and his motion.

    Weird. I hope he can get his head on straight and land a MLB roster spot. I don’t think it will be with the Mariners, however. The Rainiers have a shortstop, Chris Taylor, who was absolutely ripping it before going on the DL. I think he’ll be the next Ms’ call-up.

  2. mustang6984 - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    When he comes up next, he needs to relax. he is pushing himself, and it leads to being too tense. This hurts his ability to hit the ball.

    As for his shortstop talents…to be honest, Brad Miller has made WAY too many lame errors there already this year, and we’re only 1/3 of the way through the season. He already has more errors than some guys make in a season at that spot. Unless he cleans up his defense, SOON, Franklin may well get another shot there as well.

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