Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/3/13
Influx of youth to affect 2013 Despite their flurry of veteran pickups this winter, the Seattle Mariners are still entrenched in a youth movement. A movement that could mean the future of the organization. With plenty of roster spots up for grabs—and some of the game’s top prospects chomping at the bit—the Mariners will have their hands full this Spring Training. Any top prospect with a strong showing should have a shot at a roster spot. The only question is: who shows up and who heads back to the minors? The obvious choices Nick Franklin Before Mike Zunino’s names was even uttered by the Mariner’s organization, the top hitting prospect was Nick Franklin. And until Zunino breaks into the upper echelon of the minors, it shall remain Franklin. The switch-hitting shortstop spent his 2012 between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma. While he didn’t show as much home run power as he once did, he still flashed an ability to create runs. Franklin posted career highs in doubles (32) and tr...
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