Franklin Makes Jump to West Tenn
All-Star shortstop Nick Franklin called to double-A Diamond Jaxx
The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the promotion of shortstop Nick Franklin to double-A West Tennessee.
The 19-year-old Franklin turned heads across the Midwest in 2010, hitting .281 with 22 doubles, seven triples, 23 home runs, 65 RBI and 25 steals in 129 games. In his final game with the LumberKings yesterday in Burlington, Franklin lifted his 23rd homer to take the league lead and break Clinton’s 49-year-old franchise record for single-season clouts (22, hit by Dick Kenworthy of the 1961 Clinton C-Sox).
Seattle’s first-round pick (27th overall) out of Lake Brantley High School (FL), Franklin was both a Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star in Fort Wayne, IN this year and a Post-Season All-Star. The 16 managers of the league voted him as the top shortstop. Franklin leaves the league amidst leaders in total bases (3rd with 249), runs scored (T-4th with 88), at-bats per HR ratio (4th with a HR per 22.30 at-bats), slugging percentage (9th at .485) and OPS (10th at .837).
No counter move has been made to replace Franklin. The active Clinton roster stands at 24 players.
The LumberKings open the 2010 Midwest League West Division Quarterfinals at home against Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, September 8 at 6:30 PM. For tickets and more information, call 563-242-0727 or visit the LumberKings’ main office at Alliant Energy Field.
Revisit my interviews with Nick during this 2010 season: