I forgot to link to this the other day. But Dave Cameron of USS Mariner offers some thoughts on when to call up Nick Franklin. I agree with pretty much all of it.
I get tweets about it every day. Every day. And I just don't think it's a priority for the Mariners. They want to see if Franklin, and or Triunfel can play with a level of consistency that they haven't shown in Tacoma in the past. When it comes to Franklin or Triunfel, the Mariners have to know that either of them are physically, mentally and emotionally ready to play every single day. Because when you call them up, they aren't going to sit or be the utility. They are going to play.
The questions about Franklin's defense are legitimate. Several scouts I've talked over the past year believe he projects more as a second base. They feel he doesn't have the arm strength or the range to play there at the big league level - perhaps one of the reasons the Mariners were so willing to part with him in the offseason. If he is not a shortstop, then his perceived value takes significant hit. If he was on the verge of being called up to play shortstop for the Mariners, he'd be playing there every day. Now he's playing there less than half the time.
But this is all for a longer blog post at a different time.
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