Switch-Hitting Franklin back with M’s
And it couldn’t come at a better time for the Mariners who have been streaky on offense.
Where will Franklin fit in?
Brad Miller, the man that won the shortstop job over Franklin by hitting .410 in spring training, has been struggling at the plate during the regular season, batting just .214 so far. While it’s entirely possible that Franklin will get some playing time at short, I don’t think he’s been recalled to replace Miller.
Another hole in the M’s lineup is 3rd base. Usually consistent hitter, Kyle Seager, has been anything but.
He’s batting just .146 on the season and his numbers weren’t any different during all of spring training either. Franklin just might see some time at 3rd base.
The biggest hole in the Mariner’s offense so far though has to be right field. Michael Saunders, Willie Bloomquist, Logan Morrison and Stefen Romero have all seen at least 1 AB while playing right. None of them have done much with the bat while doing so.
Saunders has managed just .227, Morrison .222, Romero .167 and Bloomquist a big fat .000.
Could Franklin be here to give right field a shot? He played a few innings out there during spring training as an experiment.
I think right field is the likely destination for the bulk of Franklin’s playing time.
Logan Morrison has been out of the lineup for a few days now with a sore hamstring and it’s now official that he’s on his way to the 15 day disabled list to make room for Franklin.
Nick Franklin did his part to earn this chance. After gracefully accepting defeat to Brad Miller for the starting shortstop position Franklin headed for Tacoma and he certainly did not forget his bat.
He has 43 ABs so far for the Rainiers and he’s hitting .395. Franklin has hit 3 doubles, 4 home runs and has 13 RBIs on the season. His OB% is nearly off the chart at .469. His OPS is even more ridiculous as it’s over 1.200 at this point.
Franklin has proved one thing. He has nothing left to prove at AAA. What he can do for the Mariners is carry that AAA success into the major league clubhouse.
That’s easier said than done.
The M’s could really use someone who can hit right handed in their lineup to give it a bit more balance. Franklin could easily be that guy.
We know this much, he’s going to get his chance.