Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/19/13
Young Star Nick Franklin is 22-years-old and has been on the top-100 prospect list since he was 19, rifling through the Mariners‘ farm system. Franklin has never spent an entire year with one team as a professional, because he was constantly getting called upon for new responsibilities at higher levels. Let’s keep that in mind as we pick apart what has been a disastrous month of August. How bad has it really been? In 11 games, Franklin has 12 more strikeouts than base hits, of which he only has 5. Meanwhile, his counterpart in the middle of the diamond, Brad Miller, has improved month-to-month fairly consistently in all three splits (BA/OBP/OPS). July 31 gave Mariners’ fans a little heads up for what August could bring, as Franklin went 0-7 with 4 KO’s in the 15-inning loss to Boston. What is different that has caused such a dip in production? In the minor leagues, the number that jumps out the most for the young second basemen is his power numbers. Aside from some power surges in...
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