Seattle prospect Nick Franklin has been raking at Triple-A Tacoma all season, while various Mariners infielders have been scuffling in the big leagues. Thus, it's no great surprise to learn that the 22-year-old Franklin has finally been called up. Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune tweeted the good news on Monday morning.
Franklin is certainly worth a speculative grab in mixers. He's in the Yahoo! player pool already, eligible at shortstop and likely to soon qualify at second. (Eligibility requires just five starts or 10 appearances.) The kid has hit .324/.440/.472 for the Rainiers this year with four homers and seven steals in seven attempts, plus he walks more often than he strikes out (30 BB, 20 Ks). There's a lot to like in this profile.
(True, the numbers can get a little crazy in the PCL. Franklin ranks top-five in the league in OBP, but that .324 average barely lands him in the top-20.)
We first had the Franklin discussion a month ago, after he went 5-for-5 in a game against Zack Wheeler and the Vegas 51s. Back in 2010, Franklin delivered a 23/25 season in the Midwest League, so he clearly offers fantasy potential. And now he'll add his name to the long list of recent Seattle call-ups who've enjoyed immediate, sustained success in the bigs. (Bwahaha. Just a joke, Funston. Relax.)
Add Franklin if you have a need. The M's didn't call him up simply as a decoration for the bench. They demoted Dustin Ackley on Monday, opening an everyday spot.