Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Seattle Mariners prospect Nick Franklin arrived at spring training nearly 35 pounds heavier than he weighed at the end of last season. And the infielder credits a daily caloric intake of 6,500 during the winter as the primary reason. Franklin reportedly binged on the likes of Carrabba's, Chick-Fil-A, and Chipotle to increase his weight from 162-pounds to 196.From The Seattle Times:It's part of a plan the former first-round draft pick hopes will take him from the 6-foot-1, 162-pound frame he finished last season with to a 200-pound body by opening day. He arrived at spring training weighing 196 pounds — a 34-pound gain from last September — and drawing plenty of second glances wherever he goes."Last year, during the season, I felt my body starting to collapse on me," Franklin said of a 2012 season split between Class AA and AAA. "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."You may remember gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps employing a similar high-calorie diet in preparation of the Olympics. However, Phelps downed 12,000 calories a day -- almost twice the amount of calories Franklin is currently consuming. Nonetheless, it's still a massive amount of food.Franklin said he worked with a performance coach to make sure the extra influx of food didn't turn to complete body fat. His coach, Fred Higuera, warns that the rapid weight gain only worked for Franklin because of his rare blend of youth, work ethic, and high metabolism. So, for those of you who may be thinking about giving this diet a try, you may want to think twice.Franklin's eateries of choice include Chick-Fil-A for breakfast, Chipotle Mexican Bar and Grill for lunch, and Carrabba's Italian Grill for dinner. He says his mother tries to reduce meal costs by sending him gift cards to the aforementioned restaurants.The 21-year-old says his ultimate goal is to reach 200 pounds by Opening Day. I believe he is well on his way.Franklin, a Florida native, batted .278 with 11 homers and 55 RBI in split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season.Via USA TODAY

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Alex Smith out week 17 with lacerated spleen

Belichick: Garoppolo has better understanding of NFL

Lionel Hollins: 'Honored and blessed to coach Kevin Garnett'

Curt Schilling gives Johnny Manziel advice on Twitter

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Andre Johnson willing to take pay cut with Texans?

Mets star David Wright reaches out to sons of slain NYPD officer

Panthers coach replaces break-in victims’ Christmas presents

Bruce Arians benches Logan Thomas on Christmas Day

Richard Sherman: Marshawn Lynch having MVP season

Curt Schilling tweeted advice to Johnny Manziel

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things the world learned about the NBA on Christmas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

The year’s 10 most notable sports media stories

'Roberto' Gronkowski wishes Pats fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

WATCH: LeBron gets standing ovation from Heat fans in return

15 defunct bowls that leave the holidays feeling empty

Should the NFL's playoff seeding system change?

WATCH: Kenny Smith pushes Shaq into a Christmas tree

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

'Roberto Gronkowski wishes fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

Wright reaches out to slain officer's sons

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.