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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: 9999
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Rays' Nick Franklin could miss 4-8 weeks due to oblique injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said infielder Nick Franklin is in between the gray area of 4-6 weeks and 6-8 weeks of recovery and rehab for his oblique injury, per The Tampa Tribune.

Franklin, who will begin the season on the disabled list, is expected to platoon at second base with Logan Forsythe and back up Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop when healthy.


Rays' Forsythe to get majority of starts at 2B with Franklin sidelined


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday infielder Logan Forsythe will get the majority of playing time at second base to open the season with Nick Franklin sidelined due to an oblique injury, per the Tampa Bay Times.

The two infielders are expected to platoon at second base when Franklin is healthy.

The 28-year-old Forysthe has a career .235/.303/.343/.646 slash line. He played in a career-high 110 games in 2014.

"I think Logan's had a good spring," Cash said, per MLB.com. "Logan's a good defender. Plays second base really well.

"I think we're all very happy about the way his spring has gone. Him and [Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton] have had a lot of discussions on some adjustments and they seem to have paid off. He's barreled a lot of balls this spring."


Rays manager Cash: Nick Franklin 'won't be ready' for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash revealed that infielder Nick Franklin "will not be ready for Opening Day," according to the Tampa Bay Times. Franklin was scratched from the lineup after suffering a strained oblique on the last swing of batting practice Monday.  

Rays' Nick Franklin (side) scratched from spring lineup Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin was scratched from the spring lineup Monday after suffering an injury to his left side, the team announced. Franklin was diagnosed with a strained left oblique, per The Tampa Tribune.

Franklin said he suffered the injury on the last swing of batting practice Monday. He doesn't know the timetable for his return, but he thinks his status for Opening Day is in jeopardy.

Earlier Monday, manager Kevin Cash said Franklin will platoon at second base with Logan Forsythe and serve as a backup shortstop to Asdrubal Cabrera, who was named the starting shortstop.


Nick Franklin, Logan Forsythe will platoon at second base for Rays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday infielder Nick Franklin, who lost out on the starting shortstop job to Asdrubal Cabrera, will platoon at second base with Logan Forsythe, according to The Tampa Tribune.

Franklin is a switch-hitter, while Forsythe bats right-handed.


Rays' Cash tabs Asdrubal Cabrera as starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash made it official Monday, naming Asdrubal Cabrera the team's starting shortstop. He beat out Nick Franklin and Tim Beckham, who were also competing for the starting job this spring.

"I don't think you're going to find a more sure-handed shortstop than Cabby," Cash said.

Cabrera is a two-time All-Star while playing at shortstop. He has spent most of his MLB career at shortstop (731 games). Although, the Rays were considering using him at both shortstop and second base this season before Cash made his announcement Monday.


Rays manager Kevin Cash getting closer to naming starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash doesn't appear ready to name a starting shortstop, as he said Tuesday he likes "all the guys we have" competing for the job. However, it appears Asdrubal Cabrera and Nick Franklin are the favorites over Tim Beckham, per MLB.com.

"[The candidates are] still kind of bouncing back and forth," Cash said. "But we want the guy who is going to make the routine play. And not to say that anybody's not doing that, [it] seems like they're all doing that. Cabby just has the experience factor with making that play."

Cash said a decision on who will be the starting shortstop could be made next week.


Rays INF Nick Franklin (hip) back in lineup Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin, who is competing for the starting shortstop job, returned to the starting lineup Monday against the Yankees after leaving Saturday's spring game due to a hip strain. Franklin started at shortstop and hit leadoff Monday.

Rays' Nick Franklin expected back on Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin left Saturday's game with a hip strain. The injury wasn't believed to be serious, but he'll be held out on Sunday as well. The team told the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin that Franklin is expected back on Monday. 

"Everything is good," Franklin told MLB.com's Bill Chastain. "I took everything as normal today. I didn't feel any discomfort, so I should be ready whenever."


Hip strain knocks Nick Franklin out of Rays' spring game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Rays second baseman Nick Franklin was forced out of Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates with a mild left hip strain, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Franklin went 0 for 2 with a strikeout before before he was replaced by Ryan Brett in the bottom of the fourth inning. The team notified reporters that Franklin's injury is not considered to be serious, but did not reveal whether he would play on Sunday.


Rays' Franklin confident he'll win competition to be starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin will be battling for the starting job at shortstop this spring, and he has no doubts he can play the position at the major-league level.

"Absolutely," Franklin said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "Absolutely. 100 percent. I've grown up playing shortstop. Even at the big-league level, playing short just seems natural to me. I enjoy it. I'm really comfortable there. … It's been in my blood for a long time.

"I wouldn't say I need any work. Honestly, I think over these past years I've improved a significant amount at shortstop. … I've been practicing all offseason at short. And there's really no weakness."

The Rays plan to take most of the spring to decide who will be the team's starting shortstop, but Franklin seems pretty confident he will emerge as the victor in the competition.

"I'm going to be out there at short," he said. "There's not a doubt in my mind that I'm not."


Nick Franklin to make team debut Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) 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
(9/14/2014) 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
(8/25/2014)
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
(7/31/2014) 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
(7/31/2014) 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. 


Report: Athletics targeting Nick Franklin


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Athletics have made Mariners shortstop Nick Franklin a "top target" for acquisition, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Franklin is batting .300 with nine homers and 42 RBI in 63 games at Triple-A Tacoma.

"The question will be whether Seattle - currently in a playoff spot - would want to strengthen a division rival, and whether the A's, fresh off trading top prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, would have enough in the cupboard to land him," the paper said.


Mariners option Nick Franklin


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) The Mariners optioned shortstop Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma, reports MLB.com. Franklin was sent down to make room for Erasmo Ramirez, who'll start Tuesday at Atlanta.

Nick Franklin has chance to make good impression


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/20/2014) Corey Hart's hamstring injury and consequent trip to the DL gives Nick Franklin something he hasn't had all season: an opportunity.

Even though he was one of the most impactful rookies in Fantasy last season, hitting 20 doubles and 12 home runs with six stolen bases in 369 at-bats, the Robinson Cano signing has confined Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma, where he's hit .376 with seven home runs in and six stolen bases in 109 at-bats.

He did have one brief stint in the majors earlier this season when the Mariners thought they could fit him in the lineup with Logan Morrison sidelined by a hamstring injury, but doing so would have required Hart to play the outfield, which they determined he wasn't ready to do. Now that Hart himself is down, freeing up the DH spot, Franklin should get his at-bats.

And if he makes the most of them and Brad Miller continues to struggle, the Mariners could keep Franklin around to play shortstop when Hart returns in 4-6 weeks.


Nick Franklin probably getting the call Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Mariners utility player Nick Franklin will likely be called up Tuesday, according to ESPN 710.

Franklin is with the team in Texas, but there has been no official announcement about the move. Franklin is hitting .376 in 109 at-bats in Triple-A. It's unclear where he'll play in the majors. 


Report: Nick Franklin promotion likely


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Mariners utility player Nick Franklin could be promoted soon, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Franklin is dealing with a sore back, but could come up if it checks out. The move could reportedly come as early as Tuesday. It's unclear where Franklin would play if promoted. He has experience in the middle infield, but has been used as an outfielder in the minors this year. Franklin is hitting .376 in 109 Triple-A at-bats.


Nick Franklin to add versatility in minors


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Recently demoted Mariners infielder Nick Franklin will be getting a crash course all over the field at Triple-A Tacoma, as the team tries to make him a more versatile player. According t MLB.com, Franklin will be playing in the outfield as well as third base at Triple-A, two positions he has only played sporadically in his career. 

Mariners demote Nick Franklin, promote Cole Gillespie


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) What was expected is now offial: Mariners second baseman Nick Franklin has been optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. The team has also promoted outfielder Cole Gillespie from the same team.

Nick Franklin likely heading back to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Mariners infielder Nick Franklin will likely be optioned to Triple-A Tacoma before Friday's game against the Rangers.

Franklin tweeted "Las Vegas here I come!" after Wednesday's win over the Astros, indicating that he's been informed that he'll join Tacoma in Las Vegas. He went 1 for 3 Wednesday and is 2 for 16 with two walks in 16 at-bats with the big-league club.


Nick Franklin gets the start at short Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Mariners infielder Nick Franklin started at shortstop Sunday against the Marlins.

Brad Miller is not in the lineup, so Franklin will get a shot at short. He's slated to hit seventh against Kevin Slowey.