Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 2 months ago

Franklin was optioned to minor league camp Saturday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Franklin was included in the Rays' round of cuts Saturday, trimming down the big league camp roster. The utility infielder hit .348 over 23 at-bats this spring with the Rays but is now on track to start the year at Triple-A Durham.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 8 months ago

Franklin entered midway through Tuesday's game and went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer against the Yankees.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Asdrubal Cabrera left Tuesday's game with a knee strain, so Franklin could see more at-bats in the coming days as Cabrera recovers.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 9 months ago

Franklin was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Franklin got regular playing time with the Rays for a couple of weeks in early June, but his poor performance eventually led to a demotion, first to the bench and then to the minors. He doesn't figure to get many at-bats in September.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 11 months ago

Franklin was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

He was given a look in a regular role after returning from an oblique injury last month but failed to capitalize on the opportunity, slashing just .139/.205/.250 in 28 games. Marc Krauss, whom the Rays acquired from the Angels for minor leaguer Kyle Winkler, will reportedly take Franklin place on the major league roster.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 12 months ago

Franklin will pick up an eighth straight start Sunday against the White Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

He'll occupy the DH spot and bat eighth in the lineup. Franklin has also seen action at first base, second base, and shortstop during the starting streak, but it's his versatility more than his bat that has resulted in manager Kevin Cash scribbling his name onto the lineup card. Though he's recorded a hit in four straight games, Franklin is batting just .143 with a .226 on-base percentage over 62 plate appearances.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 12 months ago

Franklin's start at first base on Saturday went well enough that the Rays are likely going to give him more time there, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franlin's initial start came when the interim starter at first base, Jake Elmore, moved to third to cover for Evan Longoria, but Franklin's switch-hitting means starts could come when the Rays play right-handed starters. No one the Rays are playing at first base right now are close to ideal fits, so expect them to keep experimenting or make a low-stakes trade.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 12 months ago

Franklin has been practicing at first base and could become a starter there against right-handed starters until James Loney (finger) returns, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Franklin figured to see a decent amount of starts at second base when Logan Forsythe was supposedly moved to first, but Forsythe's quick move back to second left Franklin without a clear starting spot. He'll join a list of career middle infielders the Rays have tried at first in the last month, which at this point includes, Forsythe, Jake Elmore, and, at least in one plan, Tim Beckham. Adding another position theoretically increases Franklin's value, but not likely enough to make him truly significant in fantasy.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 12 months ago

Franklin went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Rays' loss to the Angels on Monday night.

Since returning from the DL in May, Franklin has started eight games for the Rays including five of the last seven. During that span, he's made four appearances at second base and one start at shortstop, so the Rays are using him as suggested with time a both middle-infield spots. For now, he's working from the bottom third of the batting order, as he's hit eighth in all but one of his starts this season.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 1 year ago

Franklin, who is hitting eighth and playing second base Tuesday, was seen taking balls in left field before the game, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.

The Rays Do not have room to give him everyday at-bats at second base with Tim Beckham and Logan Forsythe also in the mix and Ryan Brett working his way back from injury. Franklin has just one career MLB game in the outfield, but if he can get a start or two each in left field each week, that would go a long way toward him being useful in deeper formats.

Nick Franklin 2B/SS TB 1 year ago

Franklin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Steve Carney of WDAE 620 AM reports.

For the time being, it looks like manager Kevin Cash will stick with Logan Forsythe as his primary second baseman rather than Franklin, who was activated from the DL on May 16. Franklin is 2-for-13 over his first five games of the season and could be ticketed for Triple-A Durham if he fails to heat up or earn at-bats in the games to come.