Usually, reporting to spring training is a time when players make news for how much weight they’ve lost. Just this year, for instance, Josh Hamilton made news for showing up to Angels camp in Tempe 20 pounds lighter than he played at last season.
Well, tell that to Mariners infield prospect Nick Franklin.
According to The Seattle Times, Franklin, who is 6-foot-1, spent the 2012 season — split between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma — playing at about 162 pounds. He says that he noticed the deficit late last season, when he ran out of energy and balls just didn’t seem to be traveling well off the bat.
“Last year, during the season, I felt my body starting to collapse on me,” Franklin said. “At the end of August, I weighed 162 pounds and I was hitting balls to the gap that probably should have been out and they ended up going off the wall. One of them bounced to the wall.
“Those balls could have been out, so I wanted to put a lot of weight on and try to get to at least 200 pounds...