One player’s failure is another player’s opportunity. With the demotion of 2B Dustin Ackley to Triple-A Tacoma, the Seattle Mariners instantly called up Nick Franklin to occupy his spot at second. Franklin was a popular prospect this spring, but no one expected him to provide dividends for fantasy baseball dynasty league owners this quickly.
In just his fourth major league game Franklin had a two-home run outburst in a 7-1 win over the San Diego Padres. Even more shocking was that he blasted both long balls in the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park. The 22-year-old’s first homer even went a staggering 420 feet over the center-field wall, which is no easy feat.
The former 2009 first round pick has a rather medocire.250 batting average through his first 14 games, but his .353 On Base Percentage is one of the best on the team. Many thought he was just another mid-level stick during prospect drafts, but he has proven that he has the potential to develop into a middle-of-the-order hitter.
Franklin has lost some time to Carlos Triunfel in recent games, but it was only to give the rookie a little time to rest. Franklin seems to have a stranglehold on the position for the time being and will get every opportunity to showcase his skills in Seattle.
Franklin has already shown that he is worth hanging onto in dynasty leagues, especially considering the positional scarcity at second, so don’t be afraid to lock this kid up.