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2 Nick Franklin SS
Height/Weight: 6-1/190 | Birthdate: 3/2/1991 | Birthplace: Sanford, FL | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 7/2 | Average Draft Position: 267.15
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Projections
TimeframeABHRAVGRBIRSB
2014 Season (CBSSports.com)515.0016.00.23367.0058.008.00
 
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ABHRAVGRBIRSB
601.200562
 
Games Played By Position
YearC1B2B3BSSOFDHSPRP
2014009172200
20130096030200
 
Injury Report
No Injury Reported
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Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Chi. White Sox321 .7501.667 .667
vs Danks (Career)310 .333.333.333
vs LHP910 .273 .111 .111
 
Recent Trades
DateTradedTraded For
09/03/2014Nick Franklin, SS TB
Carlos Ruiz, C PHI
 
Last 7 Games
DateOppABRHHRRBIBBSB
5/30DET4000000
5/31DET3000000
9/16NYY4120100
9/17NYY4010001
9/19CHW0000000
9/20CHW3121210
9/21CHW2110010
 
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Latest News
Nick Franklin to make team debut Tuesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/14) Rays infielder Nick Franklin is in the starting lineup for Tuesday game against the Yankees, as he gets set to make his team debut.

Franklin was acquired from the Mariners at the trade deadline, and hit just .210 with two home runs in 27 games at Triple-A Durham. He hit just .128/.192/.170 in 17 games with the Mariners prior to the trade. 

Rays to recall trio from Triple-A
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/14) The Tampa Tribune reports that the Rays will recall shortstop Nick Franklin, starting pitcher Alex Colome and reliever C.J. Riefenhauser from Triple-A Durham on Monday.

Franklin has hit .210 with two home runs since coming over to the Rays' organization in a July 31 deadline deal. Colome posted a 7-6 record and 3.77 ERA in 15 starts, and Riefenhauser went 3-3 with a 1.40 ERA for Durham.

Rusney Castillo, Kennys Vargas, Carlos Carrasco and other weekend storylines
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/25/14)
The good part about having Jon Heyman in studio for the first segment of Fantasy Baseball Today is ... well, it's Jon Heyman in studio. The bad part is one of Al Melchior and I have to sit out that segment.

On Monday, it was my turn, which means I didn't get a chance to react to the biggest storylines from the weekend. But thanks to this blog, where I can write whatever I want, whenever I want, for however long I want (OK, maybe not that last part), I get to react to their reactions.

I know what you're thinking: Don't be so reactionary. Well, I've thought these reactions through, which is the advantage writing affords me over video.

If I was, uh, just, uh ... you know, talking about it, it would, uh, uh ... it would, uh ... hmm ... you probably would have tuned me out before I got my point across. Or the host would have cut me off.

Long story short: Blogs rule. Videos drool. Jon Heyman is cool. Adam Aizer's a fool.

Too cruel?

Al doesn't seem so enthusiastic about Rusney Castillo from a skills perspective, and I guess I can understand looking at his numbers from his last season in Cuba, when he hit .274 with six homers and 15 steals in 234 at-bats. But he was an all-around performer before then, hitting for average and power with speed ... not that we really know how any of those numbers will translate to the big leagues. Based on how it's gone for Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu, though, I'm inclined to buy the hype on any player coming over from Cuba right now. Even Alex Guerrero, who was considered so-so by comparison, has only upped his stock with his performance at Triple-A Albuquerque. Granted, Leonys Martin and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez haven't panned out as hoped, but so far, the good has outweighed the bad for that pipeline.

I'd like to see Yunel Escobar traded to Oakland, but only if it means we get another look at Nick Franklin prior to next spring. The Rays love the guy, which might be the only explanation for why they gave up Price for, at least from our perspective, "so little." The transition from the Pacific Coast League to the International League hasn't been kind to him, which might keep him in the minors regardless of what happens with Escobar, but a little momentum heading into the offseason would make him an intriguing sleeper next spring.

Kennys Vargas has shown impressive power since joining the Twins at the start of August, but his .337 batting average and 23 RBI have more to do his success so far in Fantasy. And they won't continue. Vargas has struck out nearly every third at-bat, leading to a .424 BABIP. Even without a correction in batting average, the law of averages says he won't continue to drive in a run per game. That's not to say he can't help in Fantasy -- I'd take him over Chris Davis if I needed power right now -- but he's not quite as dreamy as he appears.

Jon mentioned that, once upon a time, Marcus Stroman had some detractors who thought he'd wind up in the bullpen long-term, but understand that when we say he's slowing down, it doesn't mean his future role is in question. It just means he's entering unfamiliar territory with his innings, having already thrown six more than his career high, which might explain why he's allowed five earned runs in three of his last four starts. Al mentioned an innings limit, but he's still far enough away from that that you'll want to hold on to him. He's just not must-start anymore.

I understand the skepticism over Carlos Carrasco. He's burned those who believed in him several times over already. But when I look at what's out there at starting pitcher and see this guy throwing near triple digits without any apparent control issues, I'm sorry, but I can't just brush him off. Other than Mike Fiers, he may be as close as you'll get to a late-season miracle.

Nick Franklin shipped to Durham after deadline trade
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/31/14) The Rays have assigned newly acquired infielder Nick Franklin to Triple-A Durham, according to the Tampa Tribune on Thursday. Franklin was included in the deal that sent David Price to Detroit just before the trade deadline. He had only nine homers in 279 at-bats at Triple-A Tacoma. 
Mariners acquire Austin Jackson; Rays get Nick Franklin in three-team deal
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/14) The Mariners butted their way into the David Price sweepstakes and came away with outfielder Austin Jackson from the Tigers, in exchange for infielder Nick Franklin, who was then sent to the Rays.

Jackson is hitting .270/.330/.397 in 370 at-bats for the Tigers, who removed him from Thursday's game just before the trade was announced.

Franklin has struggled in his second major-league season, though he also hasn't had many chances prior to this. He has yet to homer in 52 at-bats, and has just nine in 279 at-bats at Triple-A Tacoma. 

 
 
 

 
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Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2013SEA102369388312454211361 .303 .382 .225
2014SEA-TB22606121552620 .269 .317 .200
Total 124429449513504713981 .299 .373 .221
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2013SEA2B96904771393261264 .975
2013SEASS3214410031.000
2014SEA-TB2B9840132616 .975
2014SEA3B1000000 ---
2014SEASS7516115031.000
2014SEAOF21220001.000
Total  1161065491593771376 .976
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2013SEA20114110012
2014SEA-TB211910100
Total 22216020112
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2009R-AZL Mariners104361320141600 .318 .419 .302
2009ASX-Everett6204821021210 .429 .600 .400
2010AA-West Tenn Diamond Ja133200001100 .750 .667 .667
2010AFX-Clinton LumberKings129513891442272365501232510 .351 .485 .281
2011R-AZL Mariners311110000--600 .091 .091 .091
2011AA-Jackson Generals21831327322661853 .371 .482 .325
2011AFA-High Desert Maverick6425850711055203156131 .356 .411 .275
2012AA-Jackson Generals572052566174426243892 .394 .502 .322
2012AAA-Tacoma Rainiers642673965155729246832 .310 .416 .243
2013AAA-Tacoma Rainiers39142284690420302070 .440 .472 .324
Total 39415452584438024461721683386318 .351 .459 .287
 
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